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COVID-19 takes another life in Taiwan but no new infections

ROC Central News Agency

05/11/2020 04:40 PM

Taipei, May 11 (CNA) A seventh person has died of COVID-19 in Taiwan, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) announced Monday, but no new cases of the disease were reported.

The deceased, a man in his 40s who died Sunday, had been on prolonged cardiac and respiratory support in an undisclosed hospital and eventually developed septic shock and multiple organ failure, CECC advisor Chang Shan-chwen (張上淳) said.

The patient had been in the United States to visit family, according to some local media reports, and after he returned to Taiwan he developed symptoms typical of the disease on March 19.

He then went to see a doctor on March 21 and tested positive for COVID-19 on March 24, according to the CECC.

"It is very sad that the patient passed away but medical personnel did their best to care for him," Chang said.

The patient did not have a history of chronic illnesses, according to CECC records.

No new infections were announced for the fourth consecutive day on Monday, keeping the number of confirmed cases in Taiwan at 440 since the pandemic began late last year, according to the CECC.

At a daily press briefing, Health Minister Chen Shih-chung (陳時中), who heads the CECC, said it was also the 29th straight day that no domestically transmitted infections had been recorded in Taiwan.

Although Taiwan seems to be doing well in controlling the virus, Chen said, the government will still be cautious about lifting certain restrictions because infection rates in some countries are back on the rise after they were thought to have declined.

"Some areas in China are now on high alert as infection rates have climbed because of the loosening of restrictions, and we are also seeing something similar in South Korea," Chen said.

People should still remember to wear masks, wash their hands, and maintain social distancing, Chen said, adding that people should rest at home if they feel sick and avoid going to crowded areas.

Since the outbreak of the COVID-19 disease late last year, Taiwan has recorded 440 cases, 349 of which have been classified as imported and 55 as local infections, according to CECC statistics.

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

To date, 368 COVID-19 patients in Taiwan have recovered, seven have died, and the others are in hospital, the CECC said.

Three of the hospitalized patients are in critical condition and are on ventilators, Chang said Saturday.

Globally, COVID-19 has infected 4,138,100 people in 186 countries and regions, including 1,351,778 in the United States, 224,390 in Spain, 219,183 in the United Kingdom, 219,070 in Italy, and 212,206 in France, with a total of 282,040 fatalities, according to CECC statistics as of Monday.

(By William Yen)

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