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Taiwan confirms another COVID cluster involving migrant workers

ROC Central News Agency

06/05/2021 12:57 PM

Taipei, June 5 (CNA) Nine migrant workers employed at an electronics company in Taiwan's Miaoli County have been infected with COVID-19, comprising the second cluster infection detected among migrants in the county this week, Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) spokesman Chuang Jen-hsiang (莊人祥) said on Friday.

The infected migrant workers are employed at Greatek Electronics Inc. in Miaoli's factory-intensive Zhunan Township and live in the same dormitory, Chuang said.

The cluster infection added to the challenge of disease control efforts in Zhunan, where another electronics manufacturing company has suspended the operations of its factories following dozens of infections.

On Friday, the CECC established a task force at King Yuan Electronics Corp. (KYEC), where 77 people, including Taiwanese nationals and migrant workers, had come down with the disease as of Saturday morning.

An initial investigation indicated that migrant workers employed at Greatek and KYEC are both managed by the same human resources agency, which currently runs four workers' dormitories in Miaoli, Chuang said.

The CECC will test the 2,000 residents at the four dormitories for the virus, Chuang added.

Rapid testing targeting KYEC's 7,300 employees is also underway, and Greatek, which has about 3,500 employees, reportedly followed suit on Saturday morning.

Miaoli has recorded 122 cases since mid-May.

The county government has asked companies and human resources agencies there to reinforce the management of migrant workers while urging the mostly Southeast Asian employees to avoid non-essential outdoor activities.

(By Chang Ming-hsuan and Teng Pei-ju)

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