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Indonesian worker tests positive for coronavirus while in employer's home

Taiwan News, Taiwan, 23 December 2020 - Taiwan's Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) on Wednesday (Dec. 23) announced that six new cases of Wuhan coronavirus have been imported from the Philippines and Indonesia, including an Indonesian woman who tested positive after already moving into her employer's home.

During his weekly press conference Wednesday afternoon, Minister of Health and Welfare and CECC head Chen Shih-chung (陳時中) announced seven imported coronavirus cases, raising the total number of confirmed cases in Taiwan to 776. The latest imported cases include six migrant workers from the Philippines and Indonesia.

Each had submitted negative results of tests taken within three days of their flight, and each was sent directly to an epidemic hotel upon arrival in Taiwan.

Chen stated that both Cases 772 and 773 are Filipino migrant workers, with the former being a woman in her 30s and the latter a man in his 20s. Both came to Taiwan for work on Dec. 8.

Prior to the end of their quarantines on Dec. 21, they each took a test for the coronavirus. The two were diagnosed with COVID-19 on Dec. 23.

Because they have been asymptomatic since arriving in Taiwan and did not come into contact with others during quarantine, contact tracing was not carried out.

Cases 774 and 775 are Indonesian fishermen in their 30s and 20s, respectively. When Case No. 774 finished his quarantine on Dec. 17, he was transferred to another location to undergo self-health monitoring.

On Dec. 21, his labor broker arranged for him to take a test for the coronavirus and on Dec. 23 he tested positive for COVID-19. The health department has listed 20 persons who came in contact with the man, including three who have been told to undergo home isolation, while 17 have been asked to start self-health monitoring.



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