CORONAVIRUS/New COVID-19 case confirmed in Taoyuan steakhouse cluster: CECC

01/18/2022 09:38 PM
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Taipei, Jan. 18 (CNA) Another customer who dined at a Taoyuan steakhouse, the site of a recent COVID-19 cluster linked to a wider outbreak of the disease in the city, has tested positive, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) said Tuesday evening.

The individual is an elementary school student who dined with her mother and several others at the restaurant -- the Tasty steakhouse on Zhongshan Road in Zhongli District -- on Jan. 9, according to the CECC.

As one of the people the girl dined with tested positive for COVID-19 on Monday, she and her mother were quarantined at a government facility. The girl tested positive after displaying symptoms of the disease, though her mother's test result has come back negative, the CECC said.

Elementary schools in Taoyuan have started winter break earlier than scheduled due to the rise in COVID-19 cases in the city.

More details on the new case will be disclosed at Wednesday's press briefing, the CECC said.

The first case in the ongoing outbreak that originated in Taoyuan, a janitor at Taoyuan International Airport, was reported on Jan. 3. Since then, other airport personnel and their contacts have also tested positive, and the disease has spread into the wider community.

Related clusters have emerged in the Golden Voice social club, factories, a bank, and most recently, a steakhouse, with over 100 cases recorded so far and about one-third of those cases confirmed as the Omicron variant.

Tests for variants in the other cases have either not been completed or the viral load was too low to ensure a clear result.

(By Chiang Yi-ching)



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