Taipei, April 22 (CNA) Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) on Wednesday apologized for the handling of a COVID-19 cluster on board a naval ship which has so far left 28 people infected with the virus, saying that as commander-in-chief, she holds ultimate responsibility for the military.
In an address at the Presidential Office Building, Tsai acknowledged that the COVID-19 outbreak on the Panshi fast combat ship has drawn a great deal of attention from the public.
As commander-in-chief, "the military's business is my business," she said.
Although the military has done much to bolster Taiwan's epidemic prevention efforts, it made many errors in its handling of the Panshi case, Tsai continued, adding that she apologized that those errors had caused a public health risk.
Tsai said she had asked the military to rectify the situation as quickly as possible, adding that the military's identification on Tuesday night of four areas of negligence in its handling of the case represented only the beginning of a fuller investigation into the matter.
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