The Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) announced that no additional cases of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) were confirmed in Taiwan on July 8. The CECC reported that a cumulative total of 77,876 cases related to COVID-19 have been reported among which COVID-19 has been ruled out in 76,942. Of these reported cases, infection with COVID-19 was laboratory-confirmed in 449 cases. Of 449 confirmed cases in Taiwan, 358 are imported and 55 are indigenous while 36 are naval crew members aboard the Panshi fast combat support ship. Of the confirmed cases, there have been 7 deaths, and 438 patients have been released from isolation, with the other 4 patients remaining hospitalized in isolation. The CECC also announced the test results of the individuals who came into contact with a Japanese female student who tested positive for COVID-19 after returning to Japan from Taiwan. 123 individuals, who came into contact with the Japanese student in Taiwan, tested negative for antibodies to the disease. Furthermore, a total of 90 teachers and students in her university who were not identified as contacts but experienced a fever and respiratory symptoms all tested negative.
As COVID-19 continues to spread globally and many countries see a resurgence in coronavirus cases, the risk of infection posed by travelers coming to Taiwan from abroad remains, the CECC still urges the public to observe proper hand hygiene and cough etiquette. Moreover, the CECC urges the public to wear masks at all times if social distancing can’t be maintained.