On March 3, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) reported that Australia had met the criteria for CECC's list of low-risk countries for five weeks and the country loosened epidemic prevention and control measures on February 27. Thus, the CECC has moved Australia to its list of low-risk countries/regions. The latest list of the risk categories for countries/regions is as follows:
1. Low-risk countries/regions: New Zealand, Macao, Palau, Fiji, Brunei, Laos, Nauru, East Timor, Mauritius, the Marshall Islands, Bhutan, Australia.
2. Medium-risk countries/regions: Singapore, Vietnam, Cambodia.
The CECC also announced three new confirmed imported cases of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in Taiwan, Cases #957-959. As of now, a cumulative total of 175,556 cases related to COVID-19 have been reported in Taiwan among which COVID-19 has been ruled out in 173,384. Of these reported cases, infection with COVID-19 was laboratory-confirmed in 958 cases. Of the 958 confirmed cases, 842 are imported; 77 are indigenous; 36 are naval crew members aboard the Panshi fast combat support ship; 2 are infections on an aircraft; 1 case has unknown sources of infection; and 1 case (Case #530) has been removed (Case #530 is not assigned to any patients). Of the confirmed cases, there have been 9 deaths, and 926 patients have been released from isolation, with the other 23 patients remaining hospitalized in isolation.