Employee at Taiwan office in EU contracts COVID-19: MOFA

Taipei,  A staff member at Taiwan’s representative office in the European Union has tested positive for COVID-19, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) said Monday.

The employee recently developed mild COVID-19 symptoms and a full diagnosis was confirmed on Oct. 16, MOFA said in a press statement.

The employee is currently undergoing 14-day quarantine at home and will not return to the office to work until after doctors have given the all clear, it said.

The Brussels-based office, which is also in charge of Taiwan’s affairs in Belgium, has instructed another three employees at the representative office who had contact with the patient to remain in home quarantine for two weeks as well.

The representative office has been disinfected and remains open, although with rotating work shifts.

In view of the rising number of COVID-19 cases in Belgium, the service counter at the office is only open until noon and only to Taiwanese who have made prior appointments, it noted.

According to statistics, Belgium had reported 222,253 COVID-19 cases with 10,413 deaths as of Monday.

So far, Taiwan’s representative offices in France, Geneva, Poland and Belgium have confirmed COVID-19 cases, in addition to the embassy in Honduras.

 

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel

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