Taiwan-based Mitake Information Corporation has just announced that part of their workforce has been asked to work from home as an Omicron outbreak worsens.

The corporation said it has about 20 workers who live in Taoyuan, the epicenter of the recent cluster of infections stemming from the Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport. The 300-employees company is headquartered in Taipei and specializes in software and application development.

The employees began working remotely Wednesday (Jan. 12), according to Mitake, which has rushed to put in place equipment to facilitate remote work, CNA reported.

Last May, when the country saw a surge in local infections, Mitake had implemented a three-month distance working restriction for all of its workforce. The company noted that stricter epidemic prevention measures have been taken and alert levels increased.

The new Omicron COVID-19 cluster had involved 40 cases in Taoyuan as of Friday.

Taiwan on Friday reported 11 local cases and 57 imported cases, bringing its total to 17,692. Of the 1,837 passengers who have arrived on long-haul flights since Jan. 11, 139 have tested positive for COVID at the airport, a 7.59% positive rate, according to the Central Epidemic Command Center.

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