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Taiwan adds only 3 new cases of COVID-19, all navy trainees, total now at 398


Taiwan confirmed three new cases of COVID-19 which are all navy trainees on Saturday (April 18), with 700 other crew members  undergoing quarantine, breaking the pattern of two consecutive days without any new patients.


The new diagnoses took the total number of coronavirus patients for the country up to 398, including six deaths. Taiwan had three days without any new cases, leading to optimism that the worst of the epidemic was over for the country.

All three new cases were young men in their 20s and considered as imported, with not a single new local transmission.
The three boarded the vessel, carrying a total of 337 Navy personnel, on Feb. 21 and stopped in Taiwan's Pacific island ally of Palau, March 12-15. 

According to the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC), the three new patients spent time on board navy vessels, where a total of more than 700 crew and trainees on board of three ships were taken to a quarantine center.
 The results of their virus tests might become known on Sunday (April 19).

On April 14, no new cases were reported for the first time in more than a month, since March 9. The highest single-day rise since the emergence of the coronavirus in Taiwan, an increase of 27, was registered on March 20.

The island nation has won international acclaim for its handling of the pandemic, with both the number of cases and the mortality rate lower than in comparable countries, despite Taiwan being excluded from the World Health Organization (WHO) due to Chinese pressure.
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