Taipei, Staff members at Taiwan’s representative offices in Poland and Switzerland have tested positive for COVID-19, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) said Wednesday.
The employee in Warsaw, Poland, who had had contact with a COVID-19 patient, tested positive while in quarantine and is currently in hospital, MOFA said.
The employee at the Swiss office in Bern, meanwhile, is recovering at home, the ministry said.
The two staff members will not return to work at the representative offices until they receive clearance from their doctors, and other employees who had been in close contact with them will remain in home quarantine for 14 days, MOFA said.
In the meantime, the representative offices in the two countries will remain open, with their staff working on rotating shifts, the ministry said.
Due to the rising number of COVID-19 cases in Europe, the service counters at the offices in Switzerland and Poland are currently open only to Taiwanese who had made appointments earlier, MOFA said.
A different employee at the Warsaw office tested positive for COVID-19 in October, while a member of the representative office in Geneva, Switzerland contracted the disease in July, according to MOFA.
To date, Taiwan’s representative offices in France, Switzerland, Poland, Belgium, Hungary, the United States, and Turkey have confirmed COVID-19 cases among their staff, as has the Taiwan embassy in Honduras.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel