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Taiwan adds only three new cases of COVID-19, total now at 376

The Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) announced on Tuesday (April 7) that there are only three new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Taiwan. The total number of cases is now at 376, a significant drop from the 10 seen on Monday.

Health Minister and CECC head Chen Shih-chung confirmed three new cases of coronavirus, all of which were imported. The three new cases included one male and two females, all in their 20s.

Their date of arrival in Taiwan ranged between March 27 and March 30 and the date of onset of symptoms ranged between March 30 and April 4. 

Two of the cases had been undergoing home quarantine for having visited high-risk areas, while the third was observing home isolation for having been exposed to confirmed patients.

After thousands of Taiwanese tourists were spotted swarming in the southern resort town of Kenting over the Qingming Festival holiday, Taiwanese doctors warned of a spike in new cases. Many Taiwanese became worried that the number of new cases will begin to rise again this week, but the latest numbers are a promising sign.

However, given that many infected patients can be asymptomatic and the incubation period of the virus, a new spike from the holiday crowds could still be possible in the coming two weeks.

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