CECC seeks to contain COVID-19 cluster in Taipei wholesale markets

Taipei, June 25 (CNA) Taiwan’s Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) said on Friday it was working to identify and quickly isolate new cases of COVID-19 amid cluster of infection growing involving the wholesale vegetable markets in Taipei City.

During a press briefing, Health Minister Chen Shih-chung (陳 時 中) said new infections continued to be found at Taipei Agricultural Products Marketing Corp’s First Fruit and Vegetable Wholesale Market. (TAPMC), as well as at the nearby Huannan Market, both in the city’s Wanhua District.

Earlier today, the Taipei City Government announced that nine other vendors in TAPMC markets have tested positive for COVID-19, resulting in quarantine orders for 13 potential contacts and the forced shutdown of 28. neighboring suppliers for three days.

To date, a total of 65 cases have been found in markets operated by TAPMC, the largest fruit and vegetable wholesaler and packer in Taiwan.

In response to the cases, Council of Agriculture (COA) Minister Chen Chi-chung (陳吉仲), who oversees TAPMC, said a number of measures were already being taken to contain the spread.

At TAPMC’s first and second wholesale fruit and vegetable markets, PCR testing is underway on 5,022 suppliers and contractors, of which 15 have returned positive, he said.

Notably, he said, the cases that have been found do not involve personnel registered in the markets, but rather unregistered employees working under their orders.

Meanwhile, another 3,626 people are being tested at two wholesale markets in Sanchong and Banqiao districts of New Taipei, given their close ties to Taipei markets, but all have returned negative so far, Chen said. .

As of Thursday, all four markets have demanded proof of a negative COVID-19 rapid test to enter, as vendors and contractors in the markets have started receiving COVID-19 vaccines, he said. .

In addition, a total of 1,570 truck drivers and workers who deliver products to markets in other parts of the country will receive rapid COVID-19 tests in the coming days, with negative proof mandatory from June 28, Chen said.

Meanwhile, Taipei’s deputy mayor Huang Shan-shan (vendredi) said on Friday that testing of more than 5,000 people at the two TAPMC markets was completed earlier today and the city was assessing itself. a second series of tests had to be carried out.

As of Friday, more than 2,000 vendors and entrepreneurs in TAPMC markets had scheduled an appointment for the COVID-19 vaccine, she said.

(By Liu Chien-pang, Chen Yi-hsuan and Matthew Mazzetta)

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