TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – As COVID-19 cluster infection involving wholesale markets operated by the Taipei Agricultural Products Marketing Corporation (TAPMC, 臺北 農 產 運銷 公司) increases, the organization’s chief executive said that the first confirmed case visited a teahouse in COVID-stricken Wanhua District last month.
As of Monday, June 28, the number of cases linked to the TAPMC cluster rose to 89, with new cases reported in the markets of Nanmen, Yongle and Linjiang, among others. Of the new cases reported in Taipei, six were in Nanmen Market, one in Yongle Market, one in Linjiang Market, one in Beitou Market and one in Dongmen Market, China Times reported.
According to CNA, TAPMC general manager Weng Chen-hsin (翁 震 炘) was questioned by Taipei city councilors Lin Ruey-tu (林瑞 圖) and Lin Ying-meng (林穎孟) about the source of the epidemic.
Lin Ruey-tu asked when the first confirmed case of COVID-19 was confirmed to TAPMC and whether Weng had informed the Taipei City Government and the Ministry of Health and Welfare. He also asked why TAPMC did not implement epidemic prevention measures until after June 20 and why it did not explain the source of the cluster infection.
Lin Ying-meng asked whether the cluster’s first confirmed case had been in a teahouse in Wanhua and whether this district was the source of the TAPMC outbreak. She went on to assert that it was important to clearly explain the chain of transmission to the public to enable them to understand that she had not started from the TAPMC markets.
In response, Weng said the first confirmed case of TAPMC was a wholesale fruit and vegetable worker diagnosed on May 20. They first underwent rapid testing on May 17 after starting to experience symptoms of the virus.
Weng said the health ministry informed the company of the positive diagnosis. He said TAPMC then performed the contact tracing and tracing according to health department guidelines.
Weng added that the first confirmed case said he recently visited Wanhua and dined there in a tea room.