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Taiwan reports new COVID cases from factory clusters in New Taipei, Kaohsiung

10 new cases linked to Shulin tech factory, 4 to Kaohsiung chemicals company

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COVID testing in Kaohsiung City Thursday following the discovery of a local cluster.  

COVID testing in Kaohsiung City Thursday following the discovery of a local cluster.   (CNA photo)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Local governments on Saturday (March 26) reported 10 new COVID-19 infections at a technology plant in New Taipei City’s Shulin District and four new cases linked to a chemical plant in Kaohsiung City’s Qianzhen District.

The cluster at TBI Motion Technology Co. in Shulin centered on a female Vietnamese employee in her 20s who developed a fever and then tested positive for the coronavirus on Wednesday (March 23).

Testing of her contacts revealed nine more infections on Friday (March 25) and 10 more on Saturday, CNA reported. The latest cases include nine residents of New Taipei City and one of Taoyuan City.

A total of 900 employees have submitted to testing. The remaining 10 contacts have been located in other regions, but their test results are not yet available.

Production at the plant has been suspended for an indefinite period of time. Any employee still wanting to enter the factory is required to show proof of a negative COVID test result.

Three of Saturday’s four new cases were employees of the Kaohsiung chemical plant, and one was a relative. All of them had been in quarantine since Wednesday, CNA reported.

Almost 6,000 contacts and residents have been tested for COVID, but not a single infection has been discovered, leading Kaohsiung officials to believe the risk of a community outbreak is low.