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Taiwan reports no new COVID-19 cases Sunday; total remains 432

ROC Central News Agency

05/03/2020 04:46 PM

Taipei, May 3 (CNA)Taiwan reported no new COVID-19 infections on Sunday, with the total number of confirmed cases remaining at 432, after three new cases the previous day ended six consecutive days of zero new infections in the country, according to the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC).

At a daily press briefing, Health Minister Chen Shih-chung (陳時中), who also heads the CECC, said that even though it is the 21st day Taiwan has had no domestic infections, people should not let their guard down because the global pandemic is still not over.

"Please do not stop protecting yourself just because there have been zero new infections," Chen said. "We are not asking much, and we need everyone to keep social distancing, washing their hands and wearing masks."

Chen also reminded the public to cooperate with temperature checks and provide their real names and details when entering places that have such requirements.

"If we all work together and do things properly, then there won't be a second wave of infections," Chen said

Taiwan did not report any confirmed cases of COVID-19 on March 8, March 9, April 14, April 16, April 17 and from April 26 to May 1, according to CECC statistics. The country has also not reported any confirmed local transmission of the disease since April 12.

Currently, Taiwan has recorded 432 cases of the disease, 346 of which have been classified as imported and 55 as local infections, according to CECC statistics.

The remaining 31 cases originated from a cluster infection on a Navy vessel at sea that were reported beginning on April 18, but have yet to be classified as either local or imported infections.

As of Sunday, 1,995 people had been listed as having come into contact with the 31 confirmed cases, of which 584 are in home isolation, the CECC said.

Among those in home isolation, 484 have been tested for COVID-19, of which 480 tested negative and the other four have yet to receive their results, the CECC said.

The remaining 1,411 contacts have been asked to practice "self-health management," which means wearing a mask at all times, recording their temperature twice a day, and minimizing the time they spend in public, according to the CECC.

To date, 332 COVID-19 patients in Taiwan have recovered, six have died, and the others are in hospital, the CECC said.

Of the patients in the most critical condition, six are on respirators and two are receiving prolonged cardiac and respiratory support, CECC advisor Chang Shan-chwen (張上淳) said Saturday.

Globally, COVID-19 has infected 3,462,633 people in 186 countries and regions, including 1,147,835 in the U.S., 216,582 in Spain, 209,328 in Italy, 201,667 in France, and 182,260 in the United Kingdom, with a total of 243,146 fatalities, according to CECC statistics as of Sunday.

(By William Yen)

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