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Taipei mayor tests positive with COVID rapid test

Ko says he is doing okay, his work in city government should not be affected

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(Facebook, <a href="https://www.facebook.com/DoctorKoWJ?__tn__=-UC*F" role="link" tabindex="0">柯文哲</a> photo)

(Facebook, 柯文哲 photo)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je (柯文哲) said on Sunday (May 22) that he had tested positive on a COVID-19 rapid test after experiencing a cough and sore throat.

After Deputy Mayor Vivian Huang (黃珊珊) fell prey to the virus earlier this month, Ko posted his positive rapid test result on Facebook on Sunday, saying that he had taken the test of his own accord after he began suffering from a cough and a sore throat. The mayor said he had had a PCR test done at Taipei City Hospital’s Renai Branch and is awaiting the result.

Ko said he is doing okay and that his work at the city government should not be affected. However, he said he has to be careful not to infect his wife Peggy Chen (陳佩琪), a pediatrician at Taipei Municipal Hospital’s Women and Children Campus, because of the medical and disease prevention work she does there.

City government Spokeswoman Chen Chih-han (陳智菡) said the mayor is currently isolated at home, waiting for the PCR test result, CNA reported.