Taipei, April 27 (CNA) Taiwan on Monday reported no new confirmed cases of the COVID-19 coronavirus for the fifth time this month, keeping its total number at 429, according to the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC).
It was also the 15th consecutive day on which no local transmissions of the disease were reported, the CECC said.
On April 14, 16, 17 and 26 Taiwan had no new cases of COVID-19, neither did it report any on March 8 and March 9, according to CECC statistics.
At the CECC’s daily news briefing in Taipei, it also said that 290 patients have been classified as recovered from COVID-19, while the death toll remains at six.
Earlier in the day, Health Minister Chen Shih-chung (陳時中), who heads the CECC, said in a legislative hearing there is a possibility that COVID-19 transmissions will end by July in Taiwan but that is unlikely in the rest of the world.
To date, Taiwan has recorded 429 cases of the disease, 343 of which have been classified as imported and 55 as local infections, according to CECC statistics.
Another 31 cases in cluster from a three-ship Navy flotilla are still being investigated to determine whether they were local or imported infections.
As of Saturday, 1,916 people had been listed as having come into contact with the 31 confirmed cases in the Navy cluster, and 585 of them were in home isolation, the CECC said.
Among those in home isolation, 262 had been tested for COVID-19 and 254 were found to be negative, the CECC said.
The other 1,331 contacts have been asked to practice “self-health management,” which means wearing a mask at all times, recording their temperature twice a day, and minimizing the time spent in public, according to the CECC.
Globally, COVID-19 has infected 3,004,956 people in 184 countries and regions, including 979,128 in the United States, 226,629 in Spain, 197,675 in Italy, 191,743 in France and 154,175 in Germany, with a total of 205,901 fatalities, according to CECC statistics as of Monday.