CORONAVIRUS/3 workers in hotel COVID-19 cluster visited Alishan, restaurants: CECC

05/01/2021 09:27 PM
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A banner reminding worshipers to follow COVID-19 prevention rules is hung in front of Beigang Chaotian Temple. CNA photo May 1, 2021
A banner reminding worshipers to follow COVID-19 prevention rules is hung in front of Beigang Chaotian Temple. CNA photo May 1, 2021

Taipei, May 1 (CNA) The Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) said Saturday it has been tracing the movements of three of the employees in a COVID-19 cluster infection at Novotel airport hotel and found that they had visited several restaurants and some tourist spots over the past week.

The tourist attractions included Alishan in Chiayi and Beigang Chaotian Temple in Yunlin, the CECC said, after it confirmed the 20th case in a series of infections among the Taoyuan hotel workers and pilots of China Airlines (CAL) and their relatives.

One of the workers, a woman in her 20s, bought food at a Mr. Sandwich breakfast shop in Taoyuan's Zhongli District early in the morning on April 27, said the CECC, which has been tracing the movements of the four hotel employees in the cluster.

Later in the day, the woman spent some time at Waiting Patisserie coffee shop, staying there until 6 p.m., then she went to RT-Mart's Zhongli store, the CECC said.

The next day, she went to a laundromat and had dinner at River House restaurant, which are both located in Zhongli, the CECC said.

Minister of Health and Welfare Chen Shih-chung shows reporters lists of places visited by two of the infected Novotel employees during Saturday
Minister of Health and Welfare Chen Shih-chung shows reporters lists of places visited by two of the infected Novotel employees during Saturday's press briefing. Photo courtesy of the CECC

One of the other Novotel employees in the COVID-19 cluster, a man in his 20s, took a Taoyuan City bus on the afternoon of April 27 from Guolin Station to Kengkou Station, where he boarded a train on the Taoyuan Airport MRT line to Terminal 2 at the airport, the CECC said.

Minister of Health and Welfare Chen Shih-chung (陳時中), who heads the CECC, said the man spent about 30 minutes at Terminal 2 before taking another train to the Airport Hotel Station in the afternoon.

The next morning, the man had breakfast at a local joint called Burger, at Dayuan in Taoyuan, and around noon, he took the Yatung city bus No. 703 from Guolin Station to Zhongli railway station, Chen said.

At the station, he had lunch at the dumpling restaurant YuLoong, then he returned to Guolin on the 703 bus in the afternoon, Chen said.

A worker cleans inside a carriage of a Alishan Railway train. Photo courtesy of the Alishan Forest Railway and Cultural Heritage Office
A worker cleans inside a carriage of a Alishan Railway train. Photo courtesy of the Alishan Forest Railway and Cultural Heritage Office

The third Novotel employee, a woman in her 60s, was in Chiayi and Yunlin April 23-25, and she visited a number of tourist attractions there, including a campsite in Alishan, Fenqihu Old Street, Beigang Chaotian Temple, and Ri Xiang Zhen store, which sells traditional wedding cakes, the CECC said.

On the morning of April 26, the woman was in Taipei, and she took the Taoyuan Airport MRT line from Taipei Main Station to Airport Hotel Station, according to the CECC. Later in the afternoon, she boarded a train headed to Kengkou Station.

Chen said Saturday that people who had been to same places as the three hotel employees, at around the same time, should closely monitor their health and seek medical attention if they develop symptoms such as fever, difficulty breathing, and diarrhea before May 10.

As of Saturday, four Novotel hotel employees, 10 CAL pilots and six of the pilots' family members had tested positive for COVID-19, according to the CECC.

The cases of the Novotel employees and the pilots' relatives are deemed as domestic cases, but the CECC had not yet classified the pilots' infections, including one that was confirmed in Australia.

(By Chang Ming-hsuan, Chen Chih-Chung and Ko Lin)

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