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No new cases of COVID-19 as CECC switches to weekly briefings

ROC Central News Agency

06/10/2020 04:43 PM

Taipei, June 10 (CNA) Taiwan reported no new cases of the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) on Wednesday, leaving the total number of cases at 443 since the outbreak began late last year, according to the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC).

Wednesday was also the first day a briefing was held since Sunday, when the CECC eased some of its COVID-19 control measures and moved to begin weekly rather than daily press briefings, given the current success of containment efforts.

It also marked the 59th consecutive day that Taiwan has not reported any domestically transmitted COVID-19 cases, said Health Minister Chen Shih-chung (陳時中), who also heads the CECC.

To date, 431 of Taiwan's 443 COVID-19 cases have recovered, while seven have died and five remain under treatment in quarantine, the CECC said.

Of the total, 352 cases have been classified as imported, while 55 are believed to be local infections, according to CECC statistics.

The other 36 cases occurred on board a Navy vessel that was on a goodwill mission to the Pacific in March, a cluster infection which the CECC believes originated in Taiwan.

Despite the lack of new cases, Chen urged people not to let their guard down, adding that is still mandatory to wear a face mask in hospitals.

Separately on Wednesday, CECC expert Huang Yhu-chering (黃玉成) told CNA that authorities will relax the requirement of three negative tests for COVID-19 patients to be released from quarantine.

Under the new guidelines, a patient can be released after having two consecutive negative tests for the virus taken at least 24 hours apart; after at least 10 days have passed since the onset of symptoms; and after symptoms have abated for at least three days, Huang said.

The guidelines are based on the latest international studies of how COVID-19 is transmitted and have been approved by the CECC's expert advisory committee and will soon be published on the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) website, Huang said.

Globally, COVID-19 has infected 7,208,264 people in 187 countries and regions, including 2,007,672 in the United States, 707,412 in Brazil, 485,253 in Russia, 289,140 in the United Kingdom, and 266,598 in India, with a total of 409,756 fatalities, according to CECC statistics as of Wednesday.

(By Chen Wei-ting and Matthew Mazzetta)

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