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No new COVID-19 cases in Taiwan for five straight days

ROC Central News Agency

05/12/2020 02:55 PM

Taipei, May 12 (CNA) Taiwan confirmed no new cases of the COVID-19 coronavirus for the fifth consecutive day on Tuesday, keeping the total at 440 since the pandemic began late last year, according to the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC).

At a daily press briefing, Health Minister Chen Shih-chung (陳時中), who heads the CECC, said it was also the 30th straight day that no domestically transmitted infections had been recorded in Taiwan.

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 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 showed.

To date, 372 COVID-19 patients in Taiwan have recovered, seven have died, and the others are in hospital, the CECC said.

Globally, COVID-19 has infected 4,212,538 people in 186 countries and regions, including 1,369,938 in the United States, 227,436 in Spain, 223,060 in the United Kingdom, 221,344 in Russia, and 219,814 in Italy, with a total of 285,290 fatalities, according to CECC statistics as of Tuesday.

(By Chen Wei-ting and Joseph Yeh)

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