Taiwan hits record 200 days with no local COVID-19 cases

EPA-EFE/RITCHIE B. TONGO

Volunteers spray disinfectant in a street outside a train station, in an effort to prevent the spread of COVID-19, a disease caused by the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, in Taoyuan, Taiwan, 01 April 2020. It has stopped domestic transmission, but continued, however, to record imported cases from abroad. Medical experts are rushing to develop a vaccine for the virus and advising people to practice social distancing and proper hygiene. On Thursday, health authorities reported three new imported cases, from the Philippines, the United States and Indonesia, while the island recorded more than 20 cases in the past two weeks coming from abroad. Medical experts are rushing to develop a vaccine for the virus and advising people to practice social distancing and proper hygiene. TONGO

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Taiwan’s Centers for Disease and Control on Thursday announced that the island has hit 200 days without any local transmission of COVID-19 infections. It has also developed a sophisticated contact-tracing system. China, where the virus first emerged last year, has been facing global criticism for its handling of the pandemic, while Taiwan has been praised by health experts for its own handling of the outbreak. style=”font-size:40px; line-height: 1.3em; font-weight: 800; padding:7px;”>Taiwan hits record 200 days with no local COVID-19 cases

By Elena Pavlovska
Journalist

epaselect epa08335835 Volunteers spray disinfectant in a street outside a train station, in an effort to prevent the spread of COVID-19, a disease caused by the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, in Taoyuan, Taiwan, 01 April 2020. After the pandemic broke in January, the island closed its borders and enforced strict symptom-based surveillance for all arrivals. Taiwan has so far recorded 553 infections and seven deaths from the disease. EPA-EFE/RITCHIE B.