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Taiwan reports no new COVID-19 cases Tuesday; total remains 438

ROC Central News Agency

05/05/2020 03:46 PM

Taipei, May 5 (CNA) Taiwan reported no new COVID-19 infections on Tuesday, with the total number of confirmed cases remaining at 438, according to the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC).

It was the second day this month that Taiwan has not reported any new confirmed COVID-19 case, and the country has not reported any confirmed local transmission of the disease since April 12.

Taiwan did not report any coronavirus infection cases on March 8, March 9, April 14, April 16, and April 17 as well as from April 26 to May 1, according to CECC statistics.

Meanwhile, nine people who returned home Tuesday morning from India on a specially arranged flight with 120 other passengers and were tested for COVID-19 have tested negative for the disease, the CECC said.

The nine had reported having minor coughs in the previous 14 days and were tested upon their plane's arrival at Taoyuan International Airport.

The 129 passengers, who had been stranded in India and Bangladesh in recent months by COVID-19, are now in designated quarantine centers and will stay there for the standard two-week period, according to the CECC.

Currently, Taiwan has recorded 438 cases of the disease, 347 of which have been classified as imported and 55 as local infections, according to CECC statistics.

The remaining 36 cases originated from a cluster infection on a Navy vessel at sea but have yet to be classified as either local or imported infections.

To date, 334 COVID-19 patients in Taiwan have recovered, six have died, and the others are in quarantine in hospitals, the CECC said.

Globally, COVID-19 has infected 3,616,309 people in 186 countries and regions, including 1,197,068 in the U.S., 218,011 in Spain, 211,938 in Italy, 203,253 in France, and 190,584 in the United Kingdom, with a total of 250,678 fatalities, according to CECC statistics as of Tuesday.

(By Joseph Yeh)

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