Taiwan confirms 3 new cases of COVID-19, in military: CECC

Focus Taiwan
Date: 04/18/2020
By: William Yen

Health Minister Chen Shih-chung. (Photo courtesy of the CECC)

Taipei, April 18 (CNA) Three new cases of the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) were confirmed in Taiwan on Saturday, all of whom were naval cadets who had spent time on a military ship, according to the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC).

The three newly confirmed patients, who are all in their 20s, were cadets interning on one of Taiwan's naval ships and likely contracted the disease overseas, said Health Minister Chen Shih-chung (陳時中), who also heads the CECC, at a daily briefing in Taipei.

The ship was part of a three-ship fleet identified by the Navy as its Dunmu fleet, recently described as the "Fleet of Friendship" that carried around 750 officers, servicemen, and cadets from Taiwan's Naval Academy on a goodwill visit to the diplomatic ally of Palau.

It was the fleet's 14th visit to the Taiwanese ally in the western Pacific Ocean, reports said.   

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