Covid testing stations to remain at wholesale markets

25 June, 2021

Courtesy of ICRT

The Central Epidemic Command Center says coronavirus testing stations set up near wholesale vegetable markets in Taipei and New Taipei will remain in place to ensure the disease has not spread into local communities.

According to health minister Chen Shih-chung, the testing sites will be there for three additional weeks even after the cluster infections at Taipei's wholesale vegetable markets have ended.

Chen says their purpose will be to facilitate local market vendors and residents to get tested for the coronavirus to make sure that surrounding communities have been cleared of the disease.

A cluster infection at a wholesale market operated by the Taipei Agricultural Products Marketing Corporation spiked to 54 cases earlier this week and all employees, contractors and vendors at wholesale vegetable markets in Taipei and New Taipei now need to present a negative coronavirus test before they can enter.

The Central Epidemic Command Center yesterday reported 129 new domestic coronavirus cases, one imported case and six deaths from the disease.

The new cases bring the total here in Taiwan since the pandemic began to 14,389, and the death toll to 605.

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