TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – A COVID-19 cluster infection involving the Taipei Agricultural Products Marketing Corporation (TAPMC, 臺北 農 產 運銷 公司) reached 45 cases on Sunday, June 20.
At a press briefing on Sunday, the Taipei City Economic Development Department (DED, 台北市 政府 產業 發展 局) announced that 20 TAPMC employees, 18 wholesale market workers and seven dispatch workers had contracted the COVID. Of the 20 employees, nine are not based in Taipei and had traveled to other municipalities such as New Taipei City and Keelung City, where epidemiological investigations are also being carried out.
Wang Pi-sheng (王必勝), head of the Hospital Administration and Welfare Commission under the Ministry of Health and Welfare, visited TAPMC that day and agreed to a plan. developed by Taipei City Government to deal with cluster infection. At 8 a.m. on Monday, June 21, the Taipei city government set up a command post to carry out traffic and environmental infection checks, and to quickly screen personnel.
Also on Monday, Taipei’s deputy mayor Vivian Huang (黃珊珊) said the city had a two-pronged plan to prevent the spread of the virus among company staff. First, 451 TAMPC employees who have tested negative for the virus will be vaccinated.
Second, those who have not yet been tested will be screened promptly and if the results are negative, they will be vaccinated. Huang said rapid screening and vaccinations would be carried out as quickly as possible on 4,300 TAPMC employees, wholesale market workers and dispatchers.
In addition, Huang said that because TAPMC is a wholesale market for fruits and vegetables in Taipei City and Greater Taipei Area, it will remain open for business. She said a nearby seller has also tested positive for the disease and the city will adjust PCR tests and vaccinations in the area depending on the location of the new cases.
Also on Monday, the central government agreed to allocate 10% more vaccines to the city of Taipei for distribution in hot areas of the epidemic.