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Taiwan's CECC confirms 2 airport employees’ positive rapid COVID tests

Individuals took rapid tests Saturday morning, currently awaiting PCR test results

File photo of airport trolleys. 

File photo of airport trolleys.  (CNA photo)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Two additional individuals working at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport received positive results from rapid COVID tests on Saturday morning (Jan. 8) and are undergoing PCR tests for confirmation.

CNA reported that one employee is in charge of trolleys at the airport and the other works elsewhere. Since an airport security guard was confirmed to be infected with COVID, authorities and the media have speculated that the virus may have spread via trolleys at the airport.

In response to the growing cluster, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) reversed its decision not to expand the scope of COVID testing at the airport, announcing that nearly 9,000 frontline workers there will undergo tests. When asked about the policy revision, CECC commander Chen Shih-chung (陳時中) during Saturday’s press conference said, “Pandemic prevention is like fighting in a war: strategies change every day according to new intelligence.”

“There is no rule saying we cannot say one thing just because we said something else the day before. If we are limited by such an inflexible idea, our reaction will be delayed,” he said.

Updated : 2022-05-28 12:57 GMT+08:00