Taiwanese foreign minister tested positive for COVID-19

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Taipei, June 30 (CNA) Taiwanese Foreign Minister Joseph Wu (吳釗燮) has tested positive for COVID-19 and is currently under quarantine at home, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) announced Thursday.

MOFA deputy spokesperson Tsuei Ching-lin (崔靜麟) told CNA that Wu developed mild respiratory symptoms early Thursday.

Wu later returned a positive COVID-19 rapid test result, as the foreign minister’s infection was confirmed following a telemedicine consultation session with a doctor, according to Tsuei.

Tsuei added that Wu would continue to attend to official business while quarantined at home.

Wu confirmed in a social media post that he had contracted COVID-19.

“I tested positive for COVID-19 this morning and I have a few mild symptoms. But rest assured, nothing can stop me from fighting for Taiwan – our beloved country,” he said. said on Twitter.

Taiwan reported 42,204 new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday, all but 92 of which were household infections, and 85 deaths from the disease, according to the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC).

It was the second time in June that daily deaths fell below 100.

As of Wednesday, Taiwan had recorded 3,728,363 COVID-19 cases since the pandemic began in early 2020, including 3,713,788 domestic infections.

With the 85 deaths reported on Wednesday, the number of confirmed COVID-19 deaths in the country has risen to 6,533.

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