Taiwan continues lucky streak with no new COVID-19 cases

Health minister Chen Shih-chung speaks at a press conference on June 3, 2020. (Photo courtesy of CNA)

TAIPEI (The China Post) — The Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) on Wednesday reported no new cases of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) infection, keeping the total number in Taiwan at 443.

Wednesday was also the 52nd consecutive day with no locally transmitted infections, Minister of Health and Welfare Chen Shih-chung, who also heads the CECC, said at a press briefing.

The last time Taiwan recorded a domestic infection was April 12, according to the CECC.

The government has been working with local industries and academia to develop vaccines and medicine to better contain the virus in case there is a future resurgence, the CECC said.

Another 178 pneumonia-related reports were released yesterday, and the tally as of press time was 72,683 (including 71,729 already dismissed), with 443 confirmed infections.

Among the confirmed cases, 352 are imported, 55 are categorized as local infections, and 36 belong to the navy cluster infection.

Taiwan has reported 7 deaths so far, and a total of 428 of the COVID-19 patients have already been released from quarantine, Chen said.

The remaining patients are still being monitored.

According to the latest tally, there are 6,358,642 confirmed COVID-19 cases in 187 countries and regions worldwide, including 1,862,045 in the U.S., 527,096 in Brazil, 423,741 in Russia, 277, 985 in the U.K and 239,932 in Spain, with a total of 378, 941 deaths as of Wednesday.