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For the 3rd time this week, Taiwan reports zero new COVID-19 cases

Taiwan's Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) on Friday (April 17) reported no new cases of Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) for the third time this week.

Health Minister and CECC head Chen Shih-chung announced there were no new coronavirus cases detected in the country, the third day this week that no new cases were reported. Tuesday and Thursday also saw zero new cases, while Monday recorded five and Wednesday registered two.

The majority of cases reported over this period were imported from other countries as Taiwanese citizens fled from hotspots in Europe, Asia, and North America.

There were fears these imported cases would bring a second wave of domestic infections to the country, but it appears the CECC's efforts at quickly identifying, isolating, and tracing contacts of confirmed cases have held the virus at bay for now.

Out of Taiwan's total count of 395 cases, 340 were imported from abroad and 55 were contracted locally. Of the confirmed cases, six have succumbed to the disease, while 166 have been released from hospital isolation.

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