CORONAVIRUS/Taiwan reports another potential COVID-19 hotel cluster

Taiwan on Sunday reported another potential COVID-19 cluster infection at a quarantine hotel in Taipei, involving two people who stayed in adjacent rooms, according to the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC).

The two guests at the hotel tested positive on Dec. 22 and Sunday, respectively, and their stay at the hotel overlapped for three days, according to the CECC.

Both guests have been confirmed as being infected with the Delta variant, though complete genome sequencing has not yet been completed to determine whether the two infections are linked, the CECC said.

One of the two cases tested positive upon entry to Taiwan. The other tested negative twice in Taiwan -- upon arrival and during quarantine -- before receiving a positive test result after completing quarantine.

Seven of the second case's close contacts have been placed in quarantine, and the preschool that one of the man's children attends will suspend classes for two days, the CECC said.

Other guests currently staying on the same floor of the quarantine hotel have been moved to different hotels or government quarantine centers, and people who have previously stayed on the floor will be tested for COVID-19, the CECC said.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel