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Taiwan records 3 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the total to 432

Hopes for a run of seven days without any new COVID-19 patients on Saturday (May 2) was broke as three new imported cases were announced, taking the total to 432.

Taiwan recorded its sixth consecutive days without new cases, raising expectations that the virus was on the way out and the government could soon announce a relaxation of prevention measures.

Case No.430 had traveled to Australia in February before flying to Japan in March, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) said at its daily news conference. The person began feeling a fever and coughing on April 9, but still returned to Taiwan on April 30.

The two other new cases were a couple who had traveled to Senegal for work on Feb. 11. Media reports said they had arrived in Taiwan on an EVA Air flight taking off from Paris on April 30 and arriving at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport early Friday (May 1), though no immediate confirmation was available.

Despite the three new cases, Taiwan still achieved 20 days in a row without local transmissions, and the death toll remained at six, while 324 patients released from isolation after treatment at hospitals.

A spate of days without no new coronavirus cases ended on March 9 before picking up again on April 14. The highest single-day rise since the emergence of the coronavirus in Taiwan, an increase of 27, was registered on March 20.

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