CORONAVIRUS/Taiwanese diplomatic personnel in Honduras, U.K. contract COVID-19

Taipei,  Two Taiwanese foreign service personnel, one at Taiwan’s embassy in Honduras and the other at the Taipei Representative Office in the United Kingdom, have recently tested positive for COVID-19, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) said Tuesday.

The case at Taiwan’s embassy in Honduras involves a trainee who is the fourth employee to be infected at the office and has been placed under home quarantine, MOFA said in a statement.

The case came after three other embassy staffers tested positive on Jan. 7, 8 and 16, respectively, the ministry said.

MOFA said the embassy will closely follow the COVID-19 situation in the Central American country and is in constant contact with its quarantined employees in case they are in need of assistance.

To curb the spread of COVID-19 at the embassy, the office has been closed since Jan. 8 and all of its staff are now working from home, the ministry said, adding that consular services are currently being handled on an appointment-only basis.

Applicants for such services can arrange appointments and email scanned copies of the required documents to hnd@mofa.gov.tw, it said.

Meanwhile, the Taipei Representative Office in the U.K. reported a new COVID-19 case, bringing the total number of cases in that office to four, according to MOFA.

The ministry said the individual, who tested positive on Monday, has been off work since late December and has not come into contact with any of his colleagues since then.

The infected staff member has been under home quarantine after one of his family members with whom he had come into contact was infected, it added.

The London office has continued to implement remote working and has instructed staff to work on a rotational basis to prevent infections, while staffers are required to report their health status on a daily basis, the ministry said.

Consular services in the U.K. are being handled through reservations and individuals are being encouraged to file mail-in applications for services, MOFA added.

 

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel

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