No new COVID-19 cases recorded in Taiwan Sunday

Minister of Health and Welfare Chen Shih-chung (center) and Pingtung County Magistrate Pan Men-an (center right) co-cost the CECC briefing in the southern county Sunday.

TAIPEI (CNA) — Taiwan confirmed no new cases of the COVID-19 coronavirus on Sunday, keeping the total at 441 since the pandemic began late last year, according to the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC).

It was also the 42nd straight day with no domestically transmitted infections, according to CECC statistics. The last time Taiwan recorded a domestic infection was on April 12.

During a daily press briefing, Minister of Health and Welfare Chen Shih-chung (陳時中), who also heads the CECC, said that even though Taiwan has shown success in disease prevention, the pandemic is still raging around the world.

“There are some 100,000 new infections every day around the world,” Chen said. “As we slowly resume our normal lives (in Taiwan), we still need to remain vigilant about personal hygiene.”

In order to keep up the good work in disease prevention, the public needs to continue to maintain social distancing, wear masks, wash their hands more frequently, and refrain from visiting crowded public areas if they feel unwell, Chen added.

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

The other 36 cases resulted from a cluster infection aboard a Navy vessel that returned April 9 from a goodwill mission in the Pacific Ocean that stopped in Palau. Those cases have not yet been classified as either local or imported.

To date, 414 COVID-19 patients in Taiwan have recovered, seven have died and the remainder are still hospitalized, according to the CECC.

Globally, COVID-19 has infected 5,337,297 people in 187 countries and regions, including 1,649,137 in the United States, 335,882 in Russia, 330,890 in Brazil, 257,154 in the United Kingdom and 235,290 in Spain, with a total of 341,452 fatalities, according to CECC data as of Sunday.

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