Taiwan goes 40 days without local coronavirus case

Taiwan reports zero imported cases, marks 40 days without local Wuhan coronavirus infection

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CECC head Chen Shih-chung. (CDC photo)

CECC head Chen Shih-chung. (CDC photo)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Taiwan's Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) on Friday (May 22) announced zero new cases of Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19), marking 40 days without a new local infection.

During his daily press conference on Friday afternoon, Minister of Health and Welfare and CECC head Chen Shih-chung (陳時中) announced there were no new cases of coronavirus. Taiwan's total number of cases still stands at 441.

The CECC announced it had received 238 reports of people with suspected symptoms on Thursday (May 21). Since the outbreak began, Taiwan has carried out 70,338 COVID-19 tests, with 69,324 coming back negative.

Taiwan has now extended its streak of no new local infections to 40 days. Out of 441 total confirmed cases, 350 were imported, 55 were local, and 36 came from the Navy's "Goodwill Fleet."

Up until now, only seven patients have succumbed to the disease, while 408 have been released from hospital isolation. This leaves only 26 patients still undergoing treatment for COVID-19 in Taiwan.