CORONAVIRUS/Taiwan office in Geneva closed for COVID-19 infection

07/07/2020 09:42 PM
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Geneva. CNA file photo
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Taipei, July 7 (CNA) Taiwan's official office in Geneva will be closed for 14 days after an employee tested positive for the COVID-19 coronavirus, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) said Tuesday.

The official was confirmed as having contracted the virus on Monday after seeking medical treatment last week for a tight chest, when a doctor suggested he take a test for COVID-19, MOFA spokeswoman Joanne Ou (歐江安) said.

According to Ou, the official has exhibited no symptoms, nor have the rest of the staff and their families.

From Tuesday, staff at the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Geneva will work from home until July 20, while the office is closed for disinfection, Ou said.

To ensure no one else has been infected with the virus, the office will arrange COVID-19 tests for other officials and their families, she said.

MOFA, meanwhile, has informed the Central Epidemic Command Center of the case.

It is the third COVID-19 case involving an official at a foreign-based MOFA office.

In April, a staff member at Taiwan's representative office in France tested positive for the COVID-19 coronavirus.

The second case occurred in May, when a member of Taiwan's embassy staff in Honduras was confirmed as having contracted the virus.

The first two patients have fully recovered and their offices resumed normal operations.

(By Flor Wang and Chen Yun-yu)


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