Virus Outbreak: Academia Sinica closes off areas

TAKING PRECAUTIONS: The institution said it would move much of its personnel to its activity center and would not rent conference rooms to groups of more than 100

Taipei Times
Date: Mar 22, 2020
By: Lin Chia-nan / Staff reporter

Academia Sinica Department of General Affairs Director Chang Kang-wei yesterday talks to reporters at the institution in Taipei’s Nangang District.
Photo: CNA

Academia Sinica yesterday closed its sports center and five museums on its campus in Taipei’s Nangang District (南港) after one of its staff was confirmed to have COVID-19.

In a notice on its Web site on Friday, the nation’s top academic research institution said that 16 people who had direct contact with the person are under home quarantine, while an additional 25 people who worked on the same floor are undergoing 14-day self-health management at home.

Academia Sinica President James Liao (廖俊智) later issued a Chinese-language letter to faculty members, reminding them to adhere to updated measures against “the Wuhan pneumonia.”

Over the past month, the institution has made several breakthroughs in research on the virus, which has raised local morale and won international acclaim, he wrote.    [FULL  STORY]

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