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First time in 36 days, Taiwan announced zero new coronavirus cases


Taiwan's Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) on Tuesday (April 14) reported  no new cases of Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) for the first time in 36 days.


Health Minister and CECC head Chen Shih-chung announced that there were zero new coronavirus cases detected in the country. Chen said that the last time Taiwan had reported zero new cases was March 9, meaning that Taiwan had gone 36 days with at least one coronavirus case.

The vast majority of cases reported over this period were imported from other countries as Taiwanese citizens visited  Europe, Asia, and North America. There were great fears that these imported cases would bring a second wave of domestic infections to the country.

It appears that the CECC's efforts at quickly identifying, isolating, and tracing contacts of confirmed cases have held the virus at bay. Chen said that all 214 Taiwanese citizens who were evacuated from Hubei province via charter plane on March 30 were released on Tuesday from home isolation and have begun self-health management.
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