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Taiwan listed 164 close contacts of 6 OFWs who came positive of COVID-19 in the Philippines

Taiwan listed 164 persons who came into close contact with the six overseas Filipino workers (OFW) who were infected with COVID-19 after areival and swab testing in the Philippines according to Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) on Thursday (Sept. 17).

Majority of the close close contacts are factory co-workers of the OFWs, 113 people were initially listed but added additional 49 after additional contact tracing is done.

Any person with symptoms who came into contact with a case two days before their departure or the onset of symptoms will be tested for the virus and told to undergo screening for the virus and home isolation, said Chuang, CECC Spokesman Chuang Jen-hsiang said.

The six OFWs were five women and one man and ranged in age between their 20s and 40s where they worked as domestic caregivers, factory employees, and fishery workers. 

Taiwan was notified about four of the cases via the Philippines' World Health Organization's National IHR Focal Point, while the two others were reported to the CECC by Taiwanese companies, in a report by Taiwan News.

Taiwan clarified that those exported cases are treated and investigated like local case. 

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