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Taiwan records no new COVID-19 cases Monday

ROC Central News Agency

05/25/2020 04:10 PM

Taipei, May 25 (CNA) Taiwan confirmed no new cases of the COVID-19 coronavirus Monday, leaving the total number of cases at 441 since the pandemic began late last year, according to the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC).

It was also the 43rd consecutive day with no domestically transmitted infections, according to CECC statistics. The last time Taiwan recorded a domestic infection was April 12.

During a daily press briefing, Minister of Health and Welfare Chen Shih-chung (陳時中), who also heads the CECC, said all people undergoing home isolation have completed their two-week mandatory quarantine.

In Taiwan, those who have had contact with confirmed patients of COVID-19 are subject to home isolation for 14 days.

Of the 9,308 people who underwent home isolation, a total of 155 later turned out to be positive, Chen said.

In addition, everyone arriving from overseas is subject to 14 days of mandatory home quarantine.

Currently, 9,551 people are still undergoing home quarantine, Chen said.

Since the COVID-19 pandemic started in December 2019, Taiwan has recorded 441 confirmed cases of infection, 350 of which have been classified as imported and 55 as local, according to CECC data.

The other 36 cases resulted from a cluster infection on board a Navy vessel that returned April 9 from a goodwill mission to the Pacific Island of Palau. Those cases have not yet been classified as either local or imported.

To date, 415 COVID-19 patients in Taiwan have recovered, seven have died, and the remainder are still hospitalized, Chen said.

"We wish hospitalized patients a speedy recovery," he added.

Globally, COVID-19 has infected 5,434,035 people in 187 countries and regions, including 1,669,152 in the United States, 347,398 in Brazil, 344,481 in Russia, 259,559 in the United Kingdom and 235,772 in Spain, with a total of 344,572 fatalities, according to CECC data as of Monday.

(By William Yen)

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