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Migrant workers are restricted from moving due to the surge in COVID cases

On June 5, Taipei (CNA) Taiwan stopped migrant workers from moving to various employers after dozens of migrant workers were infected with COVID-19 at two electronics companies in Miaoli County. , Taken other measures to limit travel on Saturday.

The suspension of relocation, which came into effect on Saturday, will continue to be valid until the government lifts the COVID-19 Level 3 alert on its four-tier system, Labor Deputy Minister Wang An-Kun (Wang An-Kuni) said Press conference.

However, the new policy does not apply to migrant workers who face various forms of abuse in the workplace, including rape, violence and trafficking and need to change employers, Wang said.

The employer also said that migrant workers would not be allowed to move from one factory to another during this period.

The Ministry of Labor (MOL) has decided to step up disease control in factories and dormitories where migrant workers spend most of their time in response to the epidemic at two factory-intensive Zhunan Township electronics companies. Updated the targeted guidelines.

According to CECC data, KYEC reported 131 cases involving Taiwanese and foreigners as of Saturday afternoon.

According to Chen Shih-chung, the head of CECC, all 7,300 employees of KYEC will be tested for the virus by Saturday evening.

According to CECC data, another company, Greatek Electronics Inc., has identified nine infections involving migrant workers.

The number of people infected with Greatek could increase as testing of more than 4,000 employees of Greatek began on Saturday morning.

Mr Chen said government officials would be dispatched to factories to help carry out staggered work and divide workers into different workplaces.

He said the facility would be required to be closed if both companies could not effectively take steps to minimize contact between employees.

KYEC shut down all offices and factories in Taiwan until Sunday night, but Greatek did not follow suit.

At the same time, Mr Chen said the CECC and the provincial government are in the process of moving people in contact with infected workers to quarantine hotels and facilities.

However, for workers remaining on the factory grounds, Mr Chen said the dormitories that house the employees of both companies should be kept socially distant.

In a press release issued after the briefing, CECC stated that factories need to reduce the number of dormitory residents and address communal bathroom issues.

It suggested that foreign worker talent intermediaries who also provide accommodation could help with this.

Mr. Wang visited a company where MOL, in cooperation with local governments nationwide, employs at least 500 migrant workers and operates dormitories with more than 100 migrant residents to control illness. He said he would make sure it was done.

(Wu Shin Yun, John B. Fenn, Ten Peige)

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update

*President pledges to support Hsinchu and Miaori in the new COVID cluster

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