Taitung 1st county in Taiwan to report zero coronavirus cases, zero quarantined

Taitung's last isolated patient released Monday, making it 1st county without cases or people under quarantine

Sanxiantai Dragon Bridge. (Tour.taitung.gov.tw photo)

Sanxiantai Dragon Bridge. (Tour.taitung.gov.tw photo)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Taiwan's Taitung on Monday (April 27) became the first county in the country without either confirmed cases or people in since the Wuhan coronavirus broke out.

One of the more isolated counties in Taiwan, Taitung is one of the few to have reported zero cases of COVID-19 since the outbreak began. However, due to the wave of Taiwanese workers and students returning from countries hit hard by the virus over the past couple months, the county at one point saw a peak of 11 persons undergoing home isolation, over 100 enduring home quarantine, and hundreds more implementing self-health monitoring, reported UDN.

Fortunately, the last Taitung resident completed their home isolation at midnight on Monday morning, reported UDN. Because the person showed no symptoms and the test results were found to be negative for the disease, the person was officially released from isolation.

Taiwan overall has reported no new local cases for two weeks but has seen over 30 imported cases during that period, primarily from the "Goodwill Fleet."

Map shows Taitung (lower right-hand corner) with zero cases. (CDC map)