Virus Outbreak: No new cases for fourth straight day

REMAINING VIGILANT: People should feel comfortable whether or not they plan to travel this weekend, but they should not let their guard down, the health minister said

Taipei Times
Date:  Apr 30, 2020
By: Lee I-chia / Staff reporter

Students eat their lunch at desks with plastic partitions as a preventive measure to curb the spread of COVID-19 at Dajia Elementary School in Taipei yesterday.
Photo: Sam Yeh, AFP

The nation yesterday reported no new cases of COVID-19, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) said, adding that 311 patients have been removed from isolation after recovering.

It was the fourth consecutive day with no new confirmed cases and the 17th consecutive day with no new domestic cases.

People can feel light-hearted regardless of whether they plan stay at home or travel during the International Workers’ Day long weekend, but they should not let their guard down, said Minister of Health and Welfare Chen Shih-chung (陳時中), who heads the center.

The CECC’s goal now is to withdraw the line of defense back to “individuals,” meaning that if everyone in society can maintain good personal hygiene and practice social distancing, the chain of infection between people would be broken, preventing large-scale outbreaks, and regulations could gradually be loosened, allowing people to lead more normal lives, he said.

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