TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) Minister Chiu Tai-san (邱太三) tested positive for COVID-19, becoming the second Cabinet member in a week to be infected with coronavirus, reports said Tuesday (June 14).
On Sunday, Health and Welfare Minister Chen Shih-chung (陳時中) tested positive, followed by three other senior officials at the Central Epidemic Command Center, which Chen heads.
According to the MAC, Chiu only suffered from a mild form of COVID, which allowed him to continue to work while receiving care in isolation. At present, his three deputy ministers are in good health, CNA reported.
Chiu took a rapid test at home because he felt symptoms of a viral infection. Following an additional review by video conference Monday (June 13), he was diagnosed with COVID. He had received three doses of COVID-19 vaccine, the MAC said.
In late April, both the minister and MAC Spokesman Chiu Chui-cheng (邱垂正) had to isolate themselves at home after being listed as close contacts of a COVID case.