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February 2020 - Taiwan Special Weapons News

  • Taiwan records first COVID-19 hospital cluster cases CNA 29 Feb 2020 -- Taiwan has confirmed five new cases of the COVID-19 coronavirus, including four who are believed to have been infected in a hospital, bringing the country's total number of cases to 39, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) said Saturday.
  • Taiwan confirms 2 more cases of COVID-19, bringing total to 34 CNA 28 Feb 2020 -- The Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) on Friday reported two new cases of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), which brings the total number in Taiwan to 34.
  • Cabinet approves NT$60 billion budget bill to cope with coronavirus CNA 27 Feb 2020 -- Taiwan's Cabinet approved a NT$60 billion (US$1.96 billion) special budget bill Thursday to mitigate the impact of the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak, two days after the nation's lawmaking body passed a bill to that end.
  • COVID-19 patient frequently used public transport in greater Taipei: CECC CNA 27 Feb 2020 -- An Indonesian caregiver working in Taiwan illegally, who was confirmed as the country's 32nd COVID-19 coronavirus case Wednesday, frequently used public transport in the greater Taipei area and passed through Taipei Main Station several times from Feb. 16-24, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) said Thursday, cautioning people who have visited these places to be on alert.
  • Three more COVID-19 patients leave quarantine, to be discharged CNA 27 Feb 2020 -- Three of the 25 currently hospitalized COVID-19 patients in Taiwan have been released from quarantine and will soon be discharged from hospital, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) said Thursday.
  • Chinese warplanes fly near southwestern Taiwan: MND CNA 28 Feb 2020 -- Chinese warplanes flew in the skies southwest of Taiwan Friday afternoon and the move has been monitored closely by the country's military, according to the Ministry of National Defense (MND).
  • Taiwan upgrades travel alert for Iran due to coronavirus case spike CNA 26 Feb 2020 -- The Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) on Wednesday raised its travel alert for Iran from Level 1 to Level 2, citing a surge in the number of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) cases in that country to nearly 100 in a matter of days.
  • Migrant caregiver confirmed as Taiwan's 32nd COVID-19 case CNA 26 Feb 2020 -- An Indonesian woman who was working in the country illegally has been confirmed as Taiwan's 32nd COVID-19 coronavirus case, after being hired to care for an elderly man in the hospital who was later diagnosed with the virus, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) said Wednesday.
  • Taiwan raises travel alert for Italy due to coronavirus outbreak CNA 25 Feb 2020 -- The Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) on Tuesday raised its travel alert for Italy to Level 2, citing a surge in the number of novel coronavirus cases there over the past week to more than 200.
  • Eleven-year-old boy confirmed as Taiwan's 31st COVID-19 case: CECC CNA 25 Feb 2020 -- An 11-year-old boy has been confirmed as Taiwan's 31st case of the COVID-19 coronavirus, part of a family cluster also responsible for cases 27-30, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) said Tuesday.
  • Law passes to disclose personal information of quarantine offenders CNA 25 Feb 2020 -- Taiwan's Legislative Yuan passed an article Tuesday to allow the government to disclose the personal information of offenders who flout COVID-19 coronavirus quarantine rules.
  • Another relative confirmed in Taiwan's latest familial cluster of COVID-19 infection People's Daily 25 Feb 2020 -- Another relative of the 27th COVID-19 patient in Taiwan was confirmed to be infected Tuesday, raising the total number of COVID-19 cases to 31 on the island, according to the island's epidemic monitoring agency.
  • Travelers from South Korea to be subjected to 14-day quarantine CNA 24 Feb 2020 -- All travelers entering Taiwan from South Korea will have to be quarantined for 14 days starting this week because of a sharp escalation of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak there, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) announced Monday.
  • Two more COVID-19 cases reported, bringing Taiwan total to 30 CNA 24 Feb 2020 -- Taiwan reported two more confirmed cases of COVID-19 coronavirus Monday, bringing the number in the country to 30 since the outbreak began, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) said that day.
  • Taiwan amends travel ban on medical personnel CNA 24 Feb 2020 -- A ban on overseas travel placed on Taiwan's frontline medical personnel will only apply to those regions where the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak is most serious, a Ministry of Health and Welfare official said Monday.
  • U.S. would take military action if China attacks Taiwan: Bernie Sanders CNA 24 Feb 2020 -- United States Senator Bernie Sanders, who is vying for the Democratic Party's nomination for president, said Sunday that if elected, he would be prepared to take military action if China attacked Taiwan.
  • Taiwan confirms two more cases of COVID-19 of unknown source CNA 23 Feb 2020 -- Two men in Taiwan with no recent history of overseas travel have contracted the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19), bringing the number of confirmed cases in the country to 28, with one death, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) said Sunday.
  • Taiwanese evacuees from cruise ship test negative again for coronavirus CNA 23 Feb 2020 -- The second round of tests on the 19 Taiwan nationals evacuated from the Diamond Princess cruise ship in Japan has come back negative for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) said Sunday.
  • Taiwan bans its healthcare professionals from traveling abroad CNA 23 Feb 2020 -- Taiwan's Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) on Sunday announced a prohibition on overseas travel by the country's healthcare professionals, saying it was a temporary measure to effectively manage human resources amid the spread of the deadly novel coronavirus (COVID-19).
  • Taiwan raises travel alert for South Korea over coronavirus outbreak CNA 23 Feb 2020 -- The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) on Sunday issued a yellow travel alert for South Korea, warning travelers to exercise extra caution and advising potential visitors to reconsider their plans, as the number of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) cases in the neighboring country continued to surge.
  • Taiwan gearing up to produce 10 million face masks per day CNA 23 Feb 2020 -- Taiwan is set to increase its production of face masks from the current 4 million per day to 10 million by early March to meet high demand amid preventative efforts against the novel coronavirus, according to the Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA).
  • Taiwan raises travel alert for Japan, South Korea as virus cases soar CNA 22 Feb 2020 -- The Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) on Saturday upgraded its travel alert for Japan and South Korea to Level 2, advising travelers from Taiwan to take personal infection prevention measures while in those two countries, in view of a spike in novel coronavirus (COVID-19) cases there.
  • CECC outlines contingency plan for community spread of COVID-19 CNA 22 Feb 2020 -- Taiwan's Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) said Saturday that it has planned a series of response measures, in the event that the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) begins to spread at the community level.
  • COVID-19 origin could be natural or synthetic: NTU professor CNA 22 Feb 2020 -- A professor at National Taiwan University's (NTU) College of Public Health on Saturday waded into the highly contentious debate over the origins of the COVID-19 coronavirus, saying that the virus could indeed be synthetic, but that much more research is needed before a definitive conclusion can be reached.
  • Taiwan identifies more people the 24th virus case had contact with CNA 22 Feb 2020 -- The Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) said Saturday that it has identified more people who had contact with Taiwan's 24th confirmed case of novel coronavirus (COVID-19), a woman in her 60s, expanding its investigation to include 465 people, a greater number than before.
  • Charter plane carrying quarantined Taiwanese arrives late Friday CNA 21 Feb 2020 -- A China Airlines charter plane carrying 19 Taiwan nationals from the quarantined Diamond Princess cruise ship arrived in Taiwan from Japan late Friday.
  • Uncertain origin of Taiwan's 24th COVID-19 case perplexes experts CNA 21 Feb 2020 -- Taiwanese medical authorities are increasingly perplexed by the country's 24th novel coronavirus (COVID-19) case -- a woman in her 60s from northern Taiwan, with no recent history of travel abroad and an unknown source of infection.
  • Two more COVID-19 cases confirmed in Taiwan, bringing total to 26 CNA 21 Feb 2020 -- Taiwan on Friday confirmed two more COVID-19 cases as part of a family cluster infection, bringing the total to 26 across the country.
  • Cabinet passes draft law to cope with coronavirus impact CNA 20 Feb 2020 -- The Cabinet approved Thursday a draft bill aimed at mitigating the impact of the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak, which includes measures to compensate medical personnel, those required to undergo quarantine and hard-hit local sectors.
  • Taiwan reports new coronavirus case with unknown origin CNA 20 Feb 2020 -- A woman in Taiwan with no history of overseas travel over the past two years has been infected with COVID-19 coronavirus, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) reported late Wednesday.
  • Taiwan issues travel alert for South Korea as coronavirus cases soar CNA 20 Feb 2020 -- Taiwan's Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) on Thursday issued a basic Level 1 travel alert for South Korea, advising travelers from Taiwan to exercise normal precautions while in the country, in light of a spike in novel coronavirus (COVID-19) cases there.
  • One more confirmed coronavirus case reported in Taiwan CNA 19 Feb 2020 -- Taiwan reported one more confirmed case of COVID-19 coronavirus Wednesday, bringing the number in the country to 23 since the outbreak began, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) said that day.
  • One more Taiwanese on cruise liner confirmed with coronavirus CNA 19 Feb 2020 -- One more Taiwanese national aboard the virus-hit Diamond Princess cruise liner moored in Yokohama Harbor in Japan was confirmed as having been infected with COVID-19 coronavirus, Deputy Minister of Health and Welfare Ho Chi-kung (何啟功) said on Wednesday.
  • Strained Political Relations Strand Nearly 1,000 Taiwanese in China's Coronavirus Outbreak Zone VOA 19 Feb 2020 -- Liu Ruo-yu of Taipei flew to her old homeland, China, last month for an overdue family visit and is now literally blocked from leaving her parents' apartment. The Chinese government has shut off entries and exits into their city bordering Wuhan to stop the spread of a deadly coronavirus that originated there.
  • Cruise ship evacuees must return via government charter flight: CECC CNA 18 Feb 2020 -- The 24 Taiwan nationals aboard the Diamond Princess, a cruise ship quarantined in Japan's Yokohama Harbor amid COVID-19 coronavirus fears, will have to take a government chartered flight and undergo quarantine if they want to return to Taiwan, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) said Tuesday.
  • Taiwanese evacuees from Wuhan released from quarantine CNA 18 Feb 2020 -- All but one of the 247 Taiwanese who were evacuated from Wuhan two weeks ago as the coronavirus epidemic gripped the city were released from quarantine Tuesday after they were cleared of possible infection.
  • Over 70% of Taiwan-China flights canceled over coronavirus CNA 17 Feb 2020 -- Over 70 percent of flights across the Taiwan Strait and on the Taiwan-Macau and Taiwan-Hong Kong routes have been canceled over the past week, according to the Civil Aeronautics Administration (CAA).
  • No community-level transmission of coronavirus in Taiwan: VP CNA 17 Feb 2020 -- There is no community-level transmission of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in Taiwan, despite the nation reporting its first death from the virus Sunday, Vice President Chen Chien-jen (陳建仁), an epidemiologist by profession, said Monday.
  • 2 more confirmed coronavirus cases reported in Taiwan CNA 17 Feb 2020 -- Taiwan reported two more confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) to bring the number to 22 since the outbreak began, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) said Monday.
  • Taiwan adds two novel coronavirus infection cases with first death Global Times 17 Feb 2020 -- Taiwan confirmed two new COVID-19 cases, bringing the total number to 20, and reported the first death caused by the epidemic, the island's epidemic monitoring agency said Sunday.
  • Taiwan to expand virus testing on inbound travelers CNA 16 Feb 2020 -- Taiwan will expand screening for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) by taking samples from all travelers arriving in the country who have a fever or respiratory symptoms starting Monday, according to the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC).
  • Taiwan reports first death from coronavirus infection CNA 16 Feb 2020 -- Taiwan on Sunday reported the nation's first death from the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), a 61-year-old male living in central Taiwan, according to the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC).
  • U.S. identifies warship that sailed through Taiwan Strait Saturday CNA 16 Feb 2020 -- The U.S. warship that sailed through the Taiwan Strait on Saturday has been identified as the USS Chancellorsville, according to a Facebook post by the U.S. Seventh Fleet late Saturday.
  • U.S. warship sails through Taiwan Strait: MND CNA 15 Feb 2020 -- A United States warship sailed through the Taiwan Strait on Saturday, marking the third appearance by U.S. military forces in the area this week, following two recent incidents in which Taiwan had to scramble its F-16 fighter jets to monitor the movements of Chinese warplanes, according to the Ministry of National Defense (MND).
  • Ted Cruz introduces draft 'Taiwan SOS Act' CNA 14 Feb 2020 -- United States Senator Ted Cruz introduced Thursday a bill that would allow Taiwanese diplomats and military people to display Taiwan's flag and wear their uniform while in the U.S. on official business.
  • Taiwan Family Members Hit Out at Island's Government Over Repatriation Delay Radio Free Asia 14 Feb 2020 -- Family members of Taiwanese nationals stuck in China called on their government to bring their relatives back to the democratic island on Friday, as Taipei accused Beijing of dragging its feet on a second evacuation flight from the central Chinese city of Wuhan, at the heart of the COVID-19 epidemic.
  • Taiwan issues travel alert for Japan on coronavirus fears CNA 14 Feb 2020 -- Taiwan's Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) on Friday issued a basic Level 1 alert for travel to Japan after Tokyo announced several coronavirus (COVID-19) cases whose origins were unknown.
  • Families of Taiwanese in Wuhan urge government to help their return CNA 14 Feb 2020 -- Dozens of friends and family members of Taiwanese citizens stuck in the coronavirus epicenter of Wuhan in China's Hubei Province rallied in downtown Taipei Friday to urge the Taiwan government to help their loved ones to get home.
  • Elderly Taiwanese man on Diamond Princess hospitalized with Wuhan virus CNA 14 Feb 2020 -- An 85-year-old Taiwanese passenger on the Diamond Princess cruise liner, which is quarantined off the Japanese city of Yokohama due to an onboard outbreak of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), was admitted to hospital in Japan on Friday with the deadly virus, according to his son.
  • NT$60 billion bailout plan laid out to cope with virus impact CNA 13 Feb 2020 -- In a bid to tackle the potential impact of the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak on the domestic economy, the Executive Yuan announced Thursday a NT$60 billion (US$2 billion) bailout plan to help hard-hit local sectors.
  • Taiwan government extends requisitioning of masks, ban on exports CNA 13 Feb 2020 -- The Taiwan government said Thursday that it will continue to requisition all domestically produced surgical masks and maintain its ban on their export until the end of April.
  • Taipei government mulling quarantine shelters for foreign visitors CNA 13 Feb 2020 -- Taipei Deputy Mayor Vivian Huang (黃珊珊) said Wednesday the city government is considering designating shelters in which foreign visitors could be quarantined, if necessary, as part of the efforts to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).
  • Three American military planes fly past Taiwan: MND CNA 12 Feb 2020 -- Three United States military aircraft flew close to Taiwan early Wednesday, two days after Chinese military planes crossed into Taiwan airspace, according to the Ministry of National Defense (MND).
  • Health declaration required from all travelers arriving in Taiwan CNA 12 Feb 2020 -- All travelers entering Taiwan, regardless of nationality or where their trip originated, will be required to submit a health declaration on arrival in the country, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) said Tuesday.
  • Coronavirus vaccines expected in 18 months: WHO head CNA 12 Feb 2020 -- The director-general of the World Health Organization (WHO) said Tuesday that the first batch of vaccines against the novel coronavirus could be available in 18 months but that the world should be prepared for a long-term battle.
  • Taiwan extends highest travel warning to HK, Macau over epidemic CNA 11 Feb 2020 -- Taiwan's Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) on Tuesday extended its highest travel warning to Hong Kong and Macau while raising the alert level for Singapore and Thailand as the 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV), which originated in the Chinese city of Wuhan, continues to spread around the world.
  • Hospitals, clinics get face mask relief amid dwindling supplies CNA 11 Feb 2020 -- Taiwan's hospitals and clinics began receiving an additional 850,000 medical grade face masks a day on Tuesday to help rebuild depleted stocks amid coronavirus fears that have led to government rationing of the masks.
  • Chinese military planes cross median line of Taiwan Strait CNA 10 Feb 2020 -- Chinese military aircraft crossed over the median line of the Taiwan Strait and into Taiwan's airspace on Monday for the first time in nearly a year, as Beijing continued military maneuvers near Taiwan for a second straight day.
  • PLA conducts drills near Taiwan island for 2 days in a row Global Times 11 Feb 2020 -- The Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) on Monday launched joint drills featuring naval and air forces near the island of Taiwan, one day after it conducted a combat readiness drill which saw its warplanes encircle the island.
  • Taiwan mulling channeling more masks to medical workers, patients CNA 10 Feb 2020 -- The government is mulling whether to prioritize more of its supply of surgical face masks to hospital workers and people with chronic diseases now that Taiwan's daily mask production has increased from the previous 3.2 million to 4 million.
  • Taiwan to extend suspension of tours to China until end of April CNA 10 Feb 2020 -- The suspension of all Taiwanese tours to China or tours transiting through China to another destination will be extended to the end of April as the number of coronavirus cases there continues to surge, the Tourism Bureau said Monday.
  • Incubation period of novel coronavirus as long as 24 days: study CNA 10 Feb 2020 -- A new study on the 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV), which analyzed about 1,000 confirmed patients in China, concludes that the incubation period of the virus can be as long as 24 days.
  • Taiwan bans entry of most Hong Kong, Macau residents over coronavirus CNA 10 Feb 2020 -- Taiwan will temporarily close it borders to most residents of Hong Kong and Macau, starting Tuesday, as part of its efforts to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) announced Monday.
  • Asymptomatic transmission of Wuhan virus 'almost certain': expert CNA 10 Feb 2020 -- It is "almost certain" that patients infected with the 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) can be infectious even if they do not have symptoms, which might make controlling the virus much harder, a Taiwanese epidemiologist said Monday.
  • China military conducts combat-ready patrol to address current security situation across Taiwan Strait PLA Daily 09 Feb 2020 -- The Chinese PLA Eastern Theater Command organized naval and air forces to conduct combat-ready patrol on Sunday, said Air Force Senior Colonel Zhang Chunhi, Spokesperson for the Chinese PLA Eastern Theater Command, in a written statement.
  • Taiwan scrambles F-16 fighters to monitor Chinese warplanes CNA 09 Feb 2020 -- Taiwan scrambled F-16 fighter jets to monitor the movement of Chinese military planes that circled half of Taiwan on Sunday morning, the Ministry of National Defense (MND) said later that day.
  • PLA's patrol encircling Taiwan island sends stern warning to secessionists: source Global Times 09 Feb 2020 -- The Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Sunday organized warships and warplanes in a combat readiness patrol, with aerial forces crossing through the Bashi Channel and Miyako Strait, a move that an authoritative source said was sending a stern warning to Taiwan secessionists.
  • Taiwanese experts to participate online in WHO global forum CNA 09 Feb 2020 -- Taiwanese experts will participate online in a World Health Organization (WHO) forum next week to combat the 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) outbreak, a WHO official said Saturday, although Taiwan is fighting for greater inclusion.
  • Taiwan confirms 1st asymptomatic coronavirus infection CNA 09 Feb 2020 -- Taiwan has reported one more case of infection by the 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV), involving the country's first asymptomatic patient, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the country to 18.
  • Locations visited by cruise passengers now safe for travel CNA 09 Feb 2020 -- Locations in northern Taiwan that were visited last month by passengers aboard the now-quarantined Diamond Princess cruise ship due to the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) outbreak are now considered safe for travel, Minister of Health Chen Shih-chung (陳時中) said Sunday.
  • Experts find how moderate 2019-nCoV infection ends with death CNA 09 Feb 2020 -- Experts have blamed a form of systemic inflammatory response syndrome called "cytokine storm" for killing some novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV)-infected patients who were not very sick in the early stage of infection but eventually died of multiple organ failure, according to Chinese media reports.
  • Another Taiwanese tests positive for novel coronavirus CNA 08 Feb 2020 -- Another Taiwanese has tested positive for the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) after a recent trip overseas, bringing the total number of confirmed cases of the respiratory virus in Taiwan to 17, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) said Saturday.
  • U.S. calls on WHO to engage directly with Taiwan CNA 07 Feb 2020 -- The United States called on the World Health Organization (WHO) during a meeting Thursday to directly engage with Taiwan to better aid the global effort against the 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) which has been declared a global health emergency.
  • Mainland urges Taiwan authority to stop impeding Taiwan compatriots returning from Hubei CNA 07 Feb 2020 -- A Chinese mainland spokesperson Thursday urged the Taiwan authority to stop impeding Taiwan compatriots stranded in the coronavirus-hit Hubei Province from returning to the island.
  • Taiwan Hits Out at China's Management of Evacuation Flight, Quarantine Radio Free Asia 07 Feb 2020 -- The democratic island of Taiwan has called on China to prioritize the most vulnerable of its nationals when arranging their evacuation from the central Chinese city of Wuhan, which is at the center of the coronavirus epidemic.
  • Most Taiwan-China passenger flights to be halted CNA 07 Feb 2020 -- All passenger flights between Taiwan and China will be halted from Feb. 10 to April 29, with the exception of those to five destinations in China, the Central Epidemic Command Center announced Friday.
  • NHI agency hoping for improvement in mask rationing system CNA 07 Feb 2020 -- Amid difficulties in getting face masks under the government's rationing system, the National Health Insurance Administration (NHIA) is hoping that the situation will improve in the near future.
  • Taiwan to quarantine those who transited through China, Hong Kong, Macau CNA 07 Feb 2020 -- Starting on Monday, travelers who have transited through China, Hong Kong or Macau on their way to Taiwan will be quarantined for 14 days upon arrival, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) said Friday.
  • Cross-strait ferry services to be halted from Monday CNA 07 Feb 2020 -- Taiwan's Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) announced on Friday that ferry services between its offshore islands and China's Fujian Province will be halted from Monday due to the growing threat posed by the Wuhan coronavirus.
  • Taiwan prioritizing vulnerable people, quarantine for Wuhan evacuations CNA 07 Feb 2020 -- Taiwan on Friday reiterated its stance on evacuating Taiwanese nationals from the Chinese city of Wuhan, the epicenter of the new coronavirus, saying that its priorities are helping vulnerable people and sticking to the highest level of quarantine measures.
  • Taiwan confirms 3 more Wuhan virus cases, bringing total to 16 CNA 06 Feb 2020 -- Three more Taiwanese were confirmed infected with the 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) late Thursday, just several hours after the country reported two new cases earlier in the day.
  • Taiwan reports two new cases of Wuhan coronavirus CNA 06 Feb 2020 -- Another two cases of the 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) were confirmed in Taiwan on Thursday, bringing the total number in the country to 13, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) said.
  • Taiwanese tests positive for coronavirus on quarantined cruise ship CNA 06 Feb 2020 -- A Taiwanese woman aboard a cruise ship quarantined in Japan's Yokohama Harbor has tested positive for the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV), the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) said Thursday.
  • HK, Macau residents to face stricter entry rules from Friday CNA 06 Feb 2020 -- Taiwan announced the suspension of the issuance of entry permits on arrival and the online processing of entry permits for Hong Kong and Macau residents beginning Friday.
  • Quarantined couple prevented from leaving country CNA 06 Feb 2020 -- A couple residing in New Taipei who had been subject to home quarantine on fears of novel coronavirus infection were caught trying to travel to China from offshore Kinmen County Thursday, according to an immigration officer.
  • Taiwan halts all tours to Hong Kong, Macau CNA 06 Feb 2020 -- The Tourism Bureau announced Thursday the suspension of all tours to Hong Kong and Macau until Feb. 29, with the exception of tour groups that are merely transiting through the two special administrative regions.
  • Taiwan bans cruise ships port calls on Wuhan coronavirus fears CNA 06 Feb 2020 -- International cruise liners will not be allowed to make port calls in Taiwan, with immediate effect, as the novel coronavirus has shown no signs of abating across the globe, the country's Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) announced Thursday.
  • Taiwan Issues Ban on Intenational Cruise Ships Docking at Island Sputnik 06 Feb 2020 -- Due to the new coronavirus outbreak, which originated in Hubei province, Taiwan has banned all travellers who have been to mainland China from entering the island without special permission.
  • Taiwan bans entry of all Chinese nationals as Wuhan virus surges CNA 05 Feb 2020 -- All Chinese nationals will be denied entry into Taiwan beginning Thursday, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) announced Wednesday, as the number of confirmed coronavirus cases in China jumped past 20,000.
  • Government tweaks mask rationing plan to include all foreign nationals CNA 05 Feb 2020 -- Foreign nationals living in Taiwan will be able to use their national health insurance (NHI) cards or other forms of ID to obtain surgical face masks under a new rationing system that takes effect Thursday at 9 a.m., the National Health Insurance Administration (NHIA) said Wednesday.
  • Taiwan issues red travel advisory for China CNA 05 Feb 2020 -- Taiwan's Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) issued a red travel advisory for China Wednesday amid growing novel coronavirus infections across the globe.
  • No Taiwanese test positive for Wuhan virus on quarantined ship CNA 05 Feb 2020 -- No Taiwanese are among the 10 people on board a cruise ship quarantined in Yokohama harbor who have tested positive for the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV), according to the cruise line operator Wednesday.
  • No further evacuation of Taiwanese in next two days: MAC CNA 05 Feb 2020 -- The repatriation of a second group of Taiwanese nationals stranded in Wuhan, the epicenter of the novel coronavirus outbreak, will not happen in the next two days (Feb. 5 and 6), the Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) said Wednesday.
  • Mainland steps up services for Taiwan compatriots amid virus outbreak: spokesperson People's Daily 05 Feb 2020 -- The Chinese mainland has stepped up services for Taiwan compatriots and businesses on the mainland amid the novel coronavirus outbreak, a mainland official said Wednesday.
  • Three Taiwanese in China confirmed as having coronavirus infection CNA 05 Feb 2020 -- Three Taiwanese in China have been confirmed as infected with the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV), with a further two suspected cases, a Chinese official said Wednesday.
  • Taiwan confirms 11th case of novel coronavirus infection Global Times 05 Feb 2020 -- Taiwan on Tuesday confirmed the 11th case of novel coronavirus infection.
  • Mainland spokesperson slams Taiwan's DPP for banking on foreign forces to build itself up Global Times 05 Feb 2020 -- A Chinese mainland spokesperson on Tuesday slammed Taiwan's Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) authority for banking on foreign forces to build itself up.
  • Use of HIV medication to be investigated as coronavirus treatment CNA 05 Feb 2020 -- Taiwan's National Health Research Institutes (NHRI) will investigate the use of an HIV medication as a treatment for the coronavirus that has been declared a global public heath emergency, according to an institute researcher Tuesday.
  • Returning evacuee confirmed as Taiwan's 11th Wuhan coronavirus case CNA 04 Feb 2020 -- Taiwan reported Tuesday its 11th case of the 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV), confirmed as one of 247 nationals evacuated from the Chinese city of Wuhan the previous day.
  • Foreign nationals without NHI cards left out of mask rationing plan CNA 04 Feb 2020 -- When a new rationing system for surgical masks takes effect Thursday, all customers will be required to present their national health insurance (NHI)cards at pharmacies and drugstores to buy the masks, but a plan is still being worked out for those foreign nationals who do not have NHI coverage, the health ministry said Tuesday.
  • Evacuated Taiwanese in quarantine, three in hospital CNA 04 Feb 2020 -- Three of the 247 Taiwanese evacuated from the Chinese city of Wuhan late Monday have been put into isolation wards around Taiwan while the others have been quarantined at three facilities, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) said Tuesday.
  • Foreign nationals without NHI cards left out of mask rationing plan CNA 04 Feb 2020 -- When a new rationing system for surgical masks takes effect Thursday, all customers will be required to present their national health insurance (NHI)cards at pharmacies and drugstores to buy the masks, but a plan is still being worked out for those foreign nationals who do not have NHI coverage, the health ministry said Tuesday.
  • Taiwan coast guard beefs up patrols amid coronavirus outbreak CNA 04 Feb 2020 -- The Coast Guard Administration (CGA) on Tuesday stepped up patrols in western Taiwan and around the offshore county of Penghu, as part of the central government's efforts to combat the novel coronavirus outbreak that originated in China.
  • Taiwan approves new rationing system for surgical masks CNA 03 Feb 2020 -- Faced with continued shortages of surgical masks amid fears of the spread of the coronavirus epidemic, Taiwan's government will soon institute a registration system to ration the supply of masks to two per person per week.
  • Opening of universities postponed due to coronavirus CNA 03 Feb 2020 -- The reopening of colleges and universities in Taiwan following the winter break has been postponed to after Feb. 25 in an effort to combat the spread of the fatal novel coronavirus, that originated in the Chinese city of Wuhan, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) announced Monday.
  • Taiwan loosens restrictions on surgical mask imports CNA 03 Feb 2020 -- The Customs Administration said Sunday that Taiwan's restrictions on surgical mask imports will be temporarily lifted, amid a mask shortage in the country as people try to combat the spread of the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV).
  • Over 200 Taiwanese stranded in Wuhan return to Taiwan CNA 03 Feb 2020 -- More than 200 Taiwanese nationals arrived at Taoyuan International Airport from Wuhan at around 11:40 p.m. Monday in the first evacuation of Taiwanese from the city at the center of a serious coronavirus epidemic.
  • Tsai's WHO call 'repetitive manipulation' Global Times 03 Feb 2020 -- Observers in the Chinese mainland said that Tsai Ing-wen's "repetitive" political manipulation is doomed to fail, after the Taiwan regional leader cried out for Taiwan to join the World Health Organization (WHO) but snubbed the mainland regarding medical cooperation and banned mask exports amid the ongoing novel coronavirus outbreak.
  • U.S. condemns ICAO for blocking supporters of Taiwan CNA 02 Feb 2020 -- The U.S. State Department condemned the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) on Saturday for blocking Twitter users who criticized the ICAO for excluding Taiwan, calling the action "outrageous" and "unacceptable."
  • Taiwan blasts WHO amid Italy's flight ban controversy CNA 02 Feb 2020 -- Foreign Minister Joseph Wu (吳釗燮) has blasted the World Health Organization (WHO) for treating Taiwan as part of China in the fight against the coronavirus, leading to bans of Taiwan flights, and also accused its officials of living in a "parallel universe."
  • Taiwan bars entry of residents from Wenzhou due to epidemic CNA 02 Feb 2020 -- Taiwan's government has extended its travel ban of visitors from China to Chinese citizens living in Wenzhou due to the worsening of the coronavirus epidemic there, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) said Sunday.
  • Taiwan's 10 coronavirus patients in stable condition CNA 02 Feb 2020 -- The 10 people in Taiwan confirmed to have been infected with the coronavirus that has spread through China are in stable condition, and one of them could be discharged from the hospital next week.
  • ICAO's Outrageous Practice of Blocking Twitter Users Who Reference Taiwan US Dept. of State 01 Feb 2020 -- The United States is deeply concerned about actions taken by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) to suppress freedom of expression and curtail important discussion of Taiwan's legitimate role in international issues.
  • Taiwan bans entry of Chinese nationals from Guangdong Province CNA 01 Feb 2020 -- Chinese nationals from Guangdong Province will be prohibited entry into Taiwan starting Sunday, while travelers who have recently been there will be subject to a mandatory 14-day home quarantine, Taiwan's Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) said Saturday.
  • More surgical masks seized in outbound postal packages CNA 01 Feb 2020 -- Police have seized tens of thousands more surgical masks in outbound postal packages as the government continues its crackdown to keep masks in Taiwan to help combat the spread of a new strain of coronavirus.


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