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Thailand agrees to retest migrant worker returnee

Taiwan officials have agreed to retest the Thai migrant worker who was diagnosed with COVID after returning to Thailand from Taiwan last week. Taiwanese officials say his testing positive may have been a false alarm, as the test results only showed a weak positive. It is still unclear where the patient could have picked up the virus. Health authorities say efforts are underway to retrace the steps of the patient during the three days prior to his departure from Taiwan.

 

Officials say they will also expand the investigation to 43 migrant workers in Taoyuan who saw a doctor in June and July with COVID-like symptoms. Also on Wednesday, health minister Chen Shih-chung announced border restrictions would not be loosened further for the time being due to the epidemic situation overseas. He added the decision would not affect the reopening of borders on Aug. 1 for those seeking medical assistance in Taiwan.