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COVID-19 cases in Keelung diner cluster increase to 13

ROC Central News Agency

05/26/2021 08:45 PM

Taipei, May 26 (CNA) A COVID-19 cluster involving a small restaurant in Keelung had reported 13 cases as of Wednesday, with the northern Taiwan port city stepping up contact tracing in fear that the outbreak will escalate.

The cluster index, a female employee at the Hsiaokuniang diner, was confirmed to have contracted the disease on May 23, according to the city government.

Her close contacts, including her son and a male friend and his son, had all tested positive for COVID-19, said Keelung Mayor Lin Yu-chang (林右昌).

The cluster expanded on Wednesday as the female owner of Hsiaokuniang, her father, brother-in-law and more other family members, as well as a customer were infected, Lin said.

Even more worrisome is that the index case had worked at Hsiaokuniang's nearby Chinshuiwan diner before she developed symptoms, meaning that there could be more people potentially at risk.

Lin urged anyone who had visited either of the eateries recently to report to the health authorities.

As of Wednesday, Keelung had reported over 70 cases since the latest domestic outbreak started.

(By Wang Chou-yu and Lee Hsin-Yin)


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