Indonesians who fell ill in quarantine test negative for COVID-19

Taichung,  All 12 Indonesian students who developed a fever and diarrhea while in quarantine in Taichung have tested negative for COVID-19, the city’s Health Bureau said Tuesday.

According to the bureau, the students who attend an unidentified university in the central city have been in a Taichung quarantine hotel since arriving in Taiwan from Indonesia on Sept. 30.

They were taken to hospital late on Oct. 1 after experiencing fever and diarrhea.

Two of the students with mild symptoms have already returned to the hotel after receiving their negative COVID-19 test and were not admitted to hospital, according to the bureau.

Among the 10 who were admitted for medical treatment, eight later tested negative for COVID-19 and also returned to the hotel to continue their compulsory two-week quarantine.

The remaining two, whose negative test results came back on Tuesday afternoon, will return to the hotel after being released from hospital, according to the bureau.

The bureau suspects the students became ill due to food poisoning and have taken samples from three of the vendors that supply food to the hotel.

The bureau said it found that some of the suppliers’ practices did not comply with food safety regulations. For example, workers did not wear hats when preparing food, the bureau said, adding that it had ordered them to make improvements before the next inspection.

The test results on the food samples are scheduled to be released in two weeks, it said.


Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel

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