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Taiwan reports no new COVID-19 cases for 2 consecutive days

ROC Central News Agency

05/09/2020 04:07 PM

Taipei, May 9 (CNA) Taiwan confirmed no new cases of the COVID-19 coronavirus for the second consecutive day on Saturday, keeping the total at 440 since the pandemic began late last year, according to the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC).

Saturday was also the 27th straight day that no domestically transmitted infections were recorded in Taiwan, CECC statistics showed.

At a daily press briefing, Health Minister Chen Shih-chung (陳時中), who also heads the CECC, said that because of Taiwan's relatively successful efforts at curbing the spread of the coronavirus, spectators have been allowed back into the country's baseball stadiums with effect from May 8.

"Yesterday, I saw the happiness on the faces of the players and the fans, and the event was held very orderly," Chen said.

He said the CECC is now considering loosening the regulations further to allow up to 2,000 people in the stands at the baseball stadiums.

Taiwan's professional baseball league has now become the first in the world to play to spectators this season, allowing up to 1,000 fans to attend each of its two scheduled games Friday evening.

The country's Chinese Professional Baseball League had played a total of 33 games to empty stands since its season started April 12.

Meanwhile, Taiwan has recorded 440 cases of COVID-19, 349 of which have been classified as imported and 55 as local infections, according to CECC statistics.

The other 36 cases are in a cluster infection on a Navy vessel that returned April 9 from a Pacific goodwill mission, and those cases have not yet been classified as either local or imported, CECC data shows.

To date, 361 COVID-19 patients in Taiwan have recovered, six have died, and the others are in the hospital, the CECC said.

Among the patients in critical condition, three are on respirators and one is receiving prolonged cardiac and respiratory support, said CECC advisor Chang Shan-chwen (張上淳).

Globally, COVID-19 has infected 3,969,294 people in 186 countries and regions, including 1,305,944 in the United States, 222,857 in Spain, 217,185 in Italy, 211,364 in the United Kingdom, and 210,969 in France, with a total of 273,660 fatalities, according to CECC statistics as of Saturday.

(By William Yen)

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