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Taiwanese software provider Mitake adopts remote working amid outbreak

Taoyuan cluster expands to 40 cases amid reports of community spread

(Facebook, Mitake photo)

(Facebook, Mitake photo)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Taiwan-based Mitake Information Corporation announced Friday (Jan. 14) part of its workforce has been asked to work from home as an Omicron outbreak worsens.

Mitake said it has about 20 workers who live in Taoyuan, the epicenter of the recent cluster of infections stemming from the Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport. Headquartered in Taipei, the 300-employees company specializes in software and application development.

The workers from Taoyuan began working remotely Wednesday (Jan. 12), according to Mitake, which has rushed to put in place equipment to facilitate remote work, per CNA.

Mitake had implemented a three-month distance working order for all of its workforce last May, when Taiwan saw a surge in local infections. The company, which is eyeing a bigger market share in fintech applications, said stricter epidemic prevention measures have been taken and alert levels increased.

The fresh COVID-19 cluster had involved 40 cases in Taoyuan as of Friday, including airport staff, quarantine taxi drivers, workers at an electronics factory, the employees of a bank and restaurant, as well as their families.

Taiwan on Friday reported 11 local cases and 57 imported cases, bringing its total to 17,692. Of the 1,837 passengers who have arrived on long-haul flights since Tuesday (Jan. 11), 139 have tested positive for COVID at the airport, a 7.59% positive rate, according to the Central Epidemic Command Center.