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Taiwan records no new COVID-19 cases for 9th straight day

ROC Central News Agency

05/16/2020 03:52 PM

Taipei, May 16 (CNA) Taiwan reported no new COVID-19 cases for the ninth consecutive day on Saturday, keeping the number of those infected at 440, of whom 389 have so far recovered, according to the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC).

It was also the 34th straight day with no domestically transmitted infections, according to CECC statistics.

At a daily press briefing, Health Minister Chen Shih-chung (陳時中), who also heads the CECC, said Taiwan held a virtual forum Friday evening to review COVID-19 prevention strategies with the United States, Japan, Canada, and other countries.

Around 50 participants from 14 countries and regional organizations took part in the forum, according to a statement issued by the Ministry of Health and Welfare.

"Many people were very interested in the strategies that Taiwan has implemented and how it was able to achieve the progress we have today," Chen said.

"I believe Taiwan's experience will prove to be a valuable model that will be reflective of a free and democratic country that knows how to work with its citizens in disease prevention."

Since the outbreak of COVID-19 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 a cluster infection on a Navy vessel that returned April 9 from a Pacific goodwill mission. Those cases have not yet been classified as either local or imported.

To date, 389 COVID-19 patients in Taiwan have recovered, seven have died, and the others are still hospitalized, the CECC said.

Globally, COVID-19 has infected 4,568,116 people in 187 countries and regions, including 1,466,939 in the United States, 262,843 in Russia, 236,711 in the United Kingdom, 230,183 in Spain and 223,885 in Italy, with a total of 306,613 fatalities, according to CECC statistics as of Saturday.

(By William Yen)

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