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For the second time, Taiwan announced zero new coronavirus cases

Taiwan's Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) on Thursday (April 16) reported no new cases of Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) for the second time this week.

Health Minister and CECC head Chen Shih-chung announced there were zero new coronavirus cases detected in the country. Following an announcement of zero cases on Tuesday, this is the second time this week that Taiwan has announced no new cases of the disease.

Prior to Tuesday's announcement, Tawian had gone 36 days with at least one new case. The vast majority of cases reported over this period were imported from other countries as Taiwanese citizens fled from Europe, Asia, and North America.

There were fears these imported cases would bring a second wave of domestic infections to the country. Fortunately, 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, while 55 were contracted locally. Of the confirmed cases, six have succumbed to the disease, while 155 have been released from hospital isolation.

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