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Taiwan office in France confirms two new COVID-19 cases

ROC Central News Agency

09/26/2020 09:42 PM

Taipei, Sept. 26 (CNA) Taiwan's representative office in France reported two new cases of COVID-19 among its employees, bringing the total to four following individual cases in April and August, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) said Saturday.

The two staff members developed mild fevers and coughs last week and were ordered by the office to work remotely at home and carefully monitor their health as a precaution, MOFA said.

Both were subsequently tested at a local hospital and separately confirmed as having the disease on Sept. 25 and Sept. 26, the ministry said, adding that the two are now in home isolation and receiving treatment.

Meanwhile, the entire office has been disinfected to prevent any further spread of the disease.

In view of the rising number of COVID-19 cases in France, MOFA said everyone at Taiwan's representative office in France will work on a rotational basis for 14 consecutive days, effective immediately, and the office's consular service counter will be suspended for 14 days.

Taiwanese nationals in France needing consular assistance, however, can always call the representative office to make arrangements to get help, the ministry said.

According to MOFA, Taiwan's office in France confirmed its first COVID-19 case on April 27, which was the first such case at any of Taiwan's overseas missions, followed by another one on Aug. 5.

According to World Health Organization (WHO) statistics, France had reported 474,200 COVID-19 cases with 31,325 deaths as of Friday.

(By Chen Yun-yu and Ko Lin)


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