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Taiwan airport cluster infections climb to 25

10 Jan 2022, 06:30 GMT+10

TAIPEI, Jan. 9 (Xinhua) -- Taiwan reported 11 new locally-transmitted confirmed COVID-19 cases on Sunday, bringing the total confirmed cases related to the Taoyuan International Airport cluster infections to 25, the island's disease monitoring agency said.

The new confirmed cases include airport cleaners and staffers handling luggage carts, as well as a taxi driver tasked with taking passengers to and from quarantine facilities, and relatives of people who have contracted the disease.

Given the rising number of cases originating at the airport, over 8,000 airport workers are being tested to identify potential cases that have spread to communities, the agency said.

The current Level-2 COVID-19 alert, which was due to expire on Monday, will be extended for another two weeks to Jan. 24, it noted.

The face mask mandate -- which was tightened in Taoyuan earlier this week due to locally-transmitted infections identified at the airport -- will now apply across the island, which means that people must wear masks when they exercise, sing, and take photos, for instance, it added.

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