Taiwan’s US envoy self-isolates after coronavirus cluster at TECRO

11 employees of Taiwan's de facto embassy in US confirmed to be infected this week

Taiwan News
Date: 2020/11/267
By: Teng Pei-ju, Taiwan News, Staff Reporter

Taiwan’s Representative to the U.S. Hsiao Bi-khim  (CNA photo)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Representative to the U.S. Hsiao Bi-khim (蕭美琴) is undergoing home quarantine after a cluster of coronavirus cases were reported at the de facto Taiwanese embassy in Washington, D.C.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) said via a statement on Thursday (Nov. 26) that as many as 11 employees at the Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office (TECRO) have contracted the coronavirus over the past few days. Two cases were reported on Tuesday, and nine more were confirmed after the office tested the contacts of the first two.

Hsiao tested negative for the virus, according to MOFA Spokeswoman Joanne Ou (歐江安). The representative is in good health but has to self-isolate for two weeks after coming into contact with infected employees, added Ou.

Diplomatic work will not be disrupted in spite of the cluster at TECRO, said Hsiao via Facebook. All the staff members at TECRO have worked and lived in a risky environment after the pandemic swept the U.S. in March, but they have not slackened, she added.    [FULL  STORY]

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