Taiwan quarantines 5,000 after hospital cluster

TAIPEI, Taiwan (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 between Jan. 6-19 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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