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President Tsai apologizes for naval ship's COVID-19 cluster infection causing public health risk

As commander-in-chief taking full responsibility for the military, Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen on Wednesday (April 22) apologized for the errors in handling COVID-19 cluster on board a naval ship which has so far left 28 people infected with the virus, CNA reported.

"As commander-in-chief, the military's business is my business," Tsai said in an address at the Presidential Office Building.

Tsai had apologized for putting public health at risk due to military's errors in handling of the Panshi case which has also drew great deal of attention from the people.

According to the President,  the military  were already asked to rectify the situation as quickly as possible, adding that the military's identification on Tuesday night of four areas of negligence in its handling of the case represented only the beginning of a fuller investigation into the matter.

Tsai added, in spite of the issue,  the country remains in a state of readiness for pandemic and national security and that Taiwan's armed forces will continue to conduct essential training and maintain a standard level of combat-readiness.

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