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Once again, Taiwan reports zero new COVID-19 cases,outbreak could end in June

Taiwan's Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) on Monday (April 27) announced that there were no new cases of COVID-19, and if this trend continues for the next two weeks, Minister of Health and Welfare and CECC head Chen Shih-chung said the local epidemic could come to an end by June.

Chen announced that there are no new cases of the virus in the country. This marks the 15th day that Taiwan has not reported a local case, while infections from the "Goodwill Fleet" appear to have slowed.

Chen said that out of the 31 sailors in the "Goodwill Fleet" cluster, 1,916 contacts have been traced by the health department. Of those persons, 585 are undergoing home isolation, while 1,331 have implemented self-health management. Thus far, 262 have undergone testing for the disease, and 254 have tested negative.

Since the outbreak of the pandemic began, Taiwan carried out 60,459 tests for COVID-19 and 58,531 have come back negative. Out of Taiwan's 429 cases reported since the coronavirus outbreak began, 343 were imported, 55 were local, and 31 came from the "Goodwill Fleet." Thus far, six have succumbed to the disease, while 290 have been released from hospital isolation.

The center will continue to trace the infected sailors' public movements after disembarking from their ships, and it will publish them on the internet. Chen reminded the public that if they had been to the same places at the same time as the confirmed cases, they should undergo self-health management for the next 14 days and wear a mask when going out.

Those who feel unwell are advised to call the toll-free disease prevention hotline at 1922. The center also recommends that when seeking medical attention, patients should proactively inform doctors of their travel history and all persons they have recently come into contact with.

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