HOPE FOR THE BEST: Asked about his remark that a local outbreak is inevitable, Chen Shih-chung said that in light of the global picture, it would be wise to plan for the worst
Date: Mar 05, 2020
By: Lee I-chia / Staff reporter
There were no new confirmed cases of COVID-19 yesterday, the Central Epidemic CommandCenter (CECC) said, adding that 12 patients have been discharged from hospital following treatment.
Minister of Health and Welfare Chen Shih-chung (陳時中), who heads the center, told a news conference in Taipei that investigations into two cases had been closed, as the virus did not spread further.
The two cases — the nation’s 33rd, a man in his 30s who traveled to Japan, and 39th, a woman in her 60s who traveled to Egypt and Dubai, United Arab Emirates — were both considered to have been infected overseas.
The center is most concerned about the 34th case, which developed into a cluster of cases, because the 42nd case is a relative of a person who was in the same hospital ward, meaning that there might be a chance that the virus spread to the local community, Chen said, adding that it would closely monitor the situation. [FULL STORY]