Taipei, A staff member at Taiwan’s representative office in France has tested positive for the COVID-19 coronavirus, becoming the first confirmed case at Taiwan’s overseas missions, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) said Thursday.
The employee developed COVID-19 symptoms recently, was tested April 23 on a doctor’s advice, and was confirmed on April 27 to have the disease, said MOFA spokeswoman Joanne Ou (歐江安).
The patient is no longer experiencing COVID-19 symptoms but is still in home isolation, Ou said, adding that French authorities have been informed of the case.
The person, however, will not return to work at the representative office until they are deemed by a doctor to have fully recovered, Ou said.
According to Taiwan’s representative to France François Wu (吳志中), the employee developed mild symptoms in mid-March and was at home for more than a month before being tested.
At that time, COVID-19 tests in France were available only to people with serious symptoms, Wu said.
Meanwhile, another employee at the representative office who had contact with the confirmed COVID-19 patient is also now in home quarantine and has been tested for COVID-19, but the results are not yet available, according to Ou.
She said the representative office in Paris had been disinfected and remains open, but with rotating work shifts, which were implemented in late March.
Under the new arrangement, the staff members take turns to work from home, so that only half of them are in the office on any given day, Ou said.
The service counter at the office is still open to Taiwanese who make appointments, and it will close only if there are other confirmed cases among the staff, she said.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel