Taiwan office staff member in France isolating at home with coronavirus

Ministry of Foreign Affairs confirms second coronavirus case since April at Paris office

Taiwan's office in Paris (Facebook, Taiwan en France photo)

Taiwan's office in Paris (Facebook, Taiwan en France photo)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — For the second time this year, a staff member at Taiwan’s representative office in Paris tested positive for the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19), the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) said Friday (Aug. 7).

A similar case occurred in late April, when an employee was asked to isolate at home for 14 days.

The individual showed flu-like symptoms on Aug. 3 and was confirmed as a coronavirus case two days later, CNA reported. He has since been staying home quarantining and will only be allowed back to work after approval from a local doctor, according to MOFA.

Another colleague who had been in touch with him was also asked to stay at home for 14 days and would be tested if necessary. Even though the confirmed coronavirus case had been working at his own top-floor office and did not have much contact with other staff, the whole building was nevertheless disinfected.

In addition, other floors of the representative office are working separate shifts for 14 days, and consular services are only open to the public between 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. by appointment, MOFA said. If another staff member tests positive for the virus, complete closure of the Paris office may be considered.