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Taiwan records no new COVID-19 cases for third time this week

ROC Central News Agency

04/17/2020 03:30 PM

Taipei, April 17 (CNA) Taiwan reported no new daily confirmed cases of the COVID-19 coronavirus for a second consecutive day Friday and also for the third time this week, keeping the total number of those infected in the country at 395, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) said that day.

Taiwan also confirmed no new cases Tuesday and Thursday this week, as well as March 8 and March 9.

A total of 166 of the COVID-19 patients in the country have already been released from quarantine, while the death toll remains at six, Health Minister Chen Shih-chung (陳時中), who also heads the CECC, told reporters at a daily briefing in Taipei.

Despite Taiwan recording no new cases for the third time this week, Chen reiterated that the global pandemic has not subsided.

"However, the situation is still very serious around the world as global infections have climbed to around 2.2 million with the death toll hiked to near 145,000," Chen said.

Hence, relevant social distancing regulations and virus prevention measures will still be enforced in Taiwan, Chen said.

"In general, the risk of community transmission is considered to be low, but we cannot be too relaxed," he said.

Globally, COVID-19 has infected 2,156,756 patients in 184 countries and regions, including 667,801 in the United States, 182,816 in Spain, 168,941 in Italy, 165,027 in France and 130,450 in Germany, with a total of 142,548 fatalities, according to CECC statistics as of Friday.

Taiwan has been praised around the world for acting early and implementing virus prevention measures since the very start of the outbreak, which originated in China late last year.

To date, 340 of Taiwan's 395 cases have been classified as imported, while the other 55 are believed to be local infections, according to CECC statistics.

(By William Yen)


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