Taiwan reports no new cases for 3rd consecutive day

Health Minister Chen Shih-chung speaks at a press conference on April 28, 2020. (Photo courtesy of the CECC)

TAIPEI (The China Post/ANN) — The Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) on Tuesday reported no new cases of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) infection, keeping the total number in Taiwan at 429.

On April 14, 16, 17, 26, and 27 Taiwan had no new cases of COVID-19, nor did it report any on March 8 and March 9, according to CECC statistics.

The tally of pneumonia-related reports as of press time was 61,684 (including 59,857 already dismissed), with 429 confirmed infections.

Among the 429 confirmed cases, 343 are imported, 55 are categorized as local infections, and 31 belonging to the navy cluster infection cases.

Taiwan has reported 6 deaths so far, and a total of 307 of the COVID-19 patients in the country have already been released from quarantine, Chen said.

Taiwan has been successful in preventing the spread of COVID-19 and not had to impose a strict lockdown, Chen said, adding that such success requires the cooperation of everyone in the nation.

As the pandemic is not yet over around the world, he urged everyone to habitually observe proper personal hygiene, wear masks, and adhere to social distancing.

“The more we keep these habits up, the better our lives will be,” Chen said.

Taiwan’s success in combating COVID-19 has attracted the attention of United States Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar II, who held a bilateral virtual meeting with Chen Monday to discuss the need for Taiwan’s inclusion in the World Health Organization, according to a statement released by the Ministry of Health and Welfare that same day.

During the meeting, Azar praised Taiwan on its COVID-19 containment, while both sides exchanged COVID-19 prevention strategies and shared their views regarding global health security and other key health issues, the statement said.

According to the latest tallies, there are 3,072,806 confirmed COVID-19 cases in 184 countries and regions, including 1,000,612 in the U.S., 228,460 in Spain, 199,414 in Italy, 196,069 in France and 157,149 in Germany, with a total of 210,351 deaths as of Tuesday.