Yilan COVID cluster residents visited restaurants, supermarket: CECC

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Taipei, May 12 (CNA) Some of the patients in a gaming arcade-linked COVID-19 cluster infection in Yilan County had visited several restaurants and a supermarket before it was confirmed that they had contracted the disease , the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) said Wednesday.

Besides the arcade in Luodong County where five of the eight patients worked, they went to a hot pot restaurant on Jhongshan Road in Luodong around 6 p.m. on May 6, and an independent restaurant on Jiaoxi Road in Jiaoxi County between 1 a.m. and 2 a.m. on May 7.

They visited another hotpot restaurant on Lane 90, Guangxing Road, Dongshan County between 5:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. on May 7, the CCCB said.

At least one of the patients also visited a seafood restaurant and PX Mart supermarket in Yilan City on the evening of May 10, but details are still being investigated, the CCCB said in a report. communicated.

Health Minister Chen Shih-chung (陳 時 中), who heads the CECC, urged members of the public who visited these places around the same time to monitor their health until May 24 and do so. test for COVID-19 if they develop symptoms of the disease. .

Meanwhile, health officials are reviewing reports that a street vendor in Keelung, who was confirmed to be infected with COVID-19 on Wednesday, visited temples in Kaohsiung before testing positive, the CECC.

In Taipei, Deputy Mayor Huang Shan-shan (黃珊珊) told reporters that city workers were disinfecting premises in Wanhua District, after two tea shop workers were confirmed to have contracted COVID-19 on Wednesday. .

The city government is conducting contact tracing, using CCTV footage, Huang said.

Taiwan on Wednesday reported 16 nationally transmitted COVID-19 cases – the highest number of domestic infections in a single day since the outbreak began in the country in January 2020 – as well as four imported cases and one case of still unknown origin.

With the confirmation of these 21 new cases, the total number in the county rose to 1,231, including 12 deaths and 122 patients in hospital, according to the CCCB.

(By Chen Chieh-ling, Chiang Hui-chun, Chang Ming-hsuan, Chen Yu-ting and Kay Liu)

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