Taiwan embassy in Palau to be tested for COVID-19

Focus Taiwan
Date: 04/20/2020
By: Yeh Su-ping, Matt Yu, Wang Yang-yu and Joseph Yeh

CNA file photo for illustrative purposes only

Taipei, April 20 (CNA) The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) on Monday said it will screen staff at the nation's embassy in Palau for COVID-19 after they received a Taiwan naval fleet that visited the Pacific ally last month, in the wake of 24 crew members testing positive for coronavirus.

Baushuan Ger (葛葆萱), head of MOFA's Department of East Asian and Pacific Affairs, said so far all members of the ROC Embassy in Palau are in good health and none have developed suspected COVID-19 symptoms.

However, the ministry will arrange screenings for them later Monday and Tuesday to check if they have contracted the disease, Ger told a lawmaker during a legislative session Monday.

Ger also said the Palau government has been made fully aware of the cluster infection on board a Taiwanese naval vessel and the Pacific island is now considering expanding its COVID-19 screenings.

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