Asia Today: Taiwan Quarantines 5,000 After Hospital Cluster

A woman wears a Chinese auspicious character "Fu (good fortune)"-patterned mask to help curb the spread of the coronavirus as they shop at a market in Taipei, Taiwan, Monday, Jan. 25, 2021. (AP Photo/Chiang Ying-ying)

(AP) — Health authorities in Taiwan are quarantining 5,000 people while looking for the source of two coronavirus cases linked to a hospital. Officials said they have not been able to identify how the husband and wife became infected after a brief hospital stay. Those asked to quarantine include patients who were discharged from Taoyuan General Hospital from Jan. 6 to 19 and their caregivers. The cluster has grown to 15 cases. Taiwan has been applauded for its swift and sustained efforts to contain COVID-19, with just seven deaths and fewer than 900 confirmed cases, despite its proximity to China, where the pandemic began.


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