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March 2020 - Taiwan Special Weapons News

  • Taiwan confirms 16 new COVID-19 cases, 14 imported CNA 31 Mar 2020 -- Taiwan on Tuesday reported 16 new cases of COVID-19 coronavirus, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 322, according to the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC).
  • Taiwan further expands screening to curb COVID-19 pandemic CNA 31 Mar 2020 -- Taiwan's Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) on Tuesday announced that it will expand the scope of COVID-19 coronavirus screening tests to all patients with pneumonia and those who have lost their sense of smell or taste, effective immediately.
  • Taiwan's surgical mask output hits 13 million per day CNA 31 Mar 2020 -- Taiwan's daily surgical mask output has hit 13 million, the Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) announced Tuesday.
  • Taiwan's hospitals help allies control COVID-19 spread CNA 31 Mar 2020 -- Several hospitals in Taiwan have responded to the government's efforts to demonstrate "Taiwan can help" by showing allies how to prevent and control the spread of the coronavirus disease, COVID-19, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) said Tuesday.
  • Taiwan issues social distancing guidelines CNA 31 Mar 2020 -- The Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) on Tuesday recommended that people in Taiwan stay at least one meter apart outdoors and 1.5 meters apart indoors to help contain the COVID-19 outbreak that has spread across the world.
  • Taiwan's COVID-19 response could reach NT$1 trillion: premier CNA 31 Mar 2020 -- The Taiwan government's response to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic could reach as much as NT$1 trillion (US$33 billion), Premier Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌) told a legislative hearing on Tuesday.
  • Rail, inter-city bus travelers required to wear masks from April 1 CNA 31 Mar 2020 -- All members of the public must wear masks on trains and inter-city buses from April 1, Minister of Transportation and Communications Lin Chia-lung (林佳龍) said Tuesday.
  • U.S. military aircraft fly near Taiwan for 4th time this month CNA 31 Mar 2020 -- A United States military aircraft was reported flying near Taiwan's southern airspace Tuesday, marking the fourth time this month a U.S. warplane had been spotted operating near the country.
  • Taiwan urges WHO to review restrictions on its participation CNA 31 Mar 2020 -- The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) has urged the World Health Organization (WHO) to review what it described as the WHO's "unfair restrictions" on Taiwan at a time when the world is struggling with the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
  • Taiwan 'Capable and Willing' to Cooperate on Coronavirus, Despite WHO Slight Radio Free Asia 30 Mar 2020 -- Taiwan is "capable and willing" to cooperate with every country to combat the spread of the coronavirus, President Tsai Ing-wen said Monday, following a kerfuffle over the weekend in which a World Health Organization (WHO) official appeared to dodge a question about granting the democratic island membership.
  • Taiwan records two more COVID-19 deaths, eight new cases CNA 30 Mar 2020 -- Taiwan confirmed eight new infections of COVID-19 coronavirus and another two deaths, which brought its total number of confirmed cases to 306 and its death toll to five, according to the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC).
  • More masks, easier access coming in April under rationing program CNA 30 Mar 2020 -- Taiwan's mask rationing system will see significant changes in mid-April that will give local residents easier access to more surgical face masks under the country's mask rationing system, the Central Epidemic Control Center (CECC) said Monday.
  • 214 Taiwanese back in Taiwan after long ordeal in Hubei province CNA 30 Mar 2020 -- A second special flight carrying 214 Taiwan nationals who had been stranded in Hubei province in China because of the new coronavirus outbreak touched down late Monday at Taoyuan International Airport.
  • 153 Taiwanese return from Hubei, placed in quarantine CNA 30 Mar 2020 -- A total of 153 Taiwanese nationals who had been stuck in China's Hubei Province due to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic returned to Taiwan late Sunday on a special flight and are now in quarantine, according to the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC).
  • Expanded testing, social distancing will flatten COVID-19 curve: experts CNA 30 Mar 2020 -- Taiwan needs to increase testing and implement social distancing regulations to slow the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus, public health experts said Monday at a weekly press conference.
  • Taiwan records third COVID-19 death CNA 30 Mar 2020 -- Taiwan's death toll from the COVID-19 coronavirus rose to three Sunday with the passing of a patient in his 40s, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) reported late that night.
  • Taiwan to resume forehead thermometer exports CNA 30 Mar 2020 -- Taiwan will resume exports of infrared forehead thermometers in April, ending a one-month ban after an increase in production capacity, the Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) said Monday.
  • Taiwan, Australia to exchange raw materials to fight COVID-19 CNA 30 Mar 2020 -- Taiwan and Australia have agreed to exchange raw materials in the near future to help each other fight the new coronavirus pandemic, the Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOFA) announced Monday.
  • WHO sticks to position, says Taiwan membership up to member states CNA 30 Mar 2020 -- The World Health Organization (WHO) on Sunday remained firm on the subject of Taiwan's exclusion, reiterating that its membership is up to member states and not a decision made by the WHO itself.
  • Mainland actively facilitates Taiwan compatriots' return: official People's Daily 29 Mar 2020 -- Taiwan affairs offices in Hubei Province have been actively assisting Taiwan compatriots stranded in the coronavirus-hit province in returning home safely and smoothly since the COVID-19 broke out more than two months ago, said an official with the Hubei provincial Taiwan affairs office on Saturday.
  • Taiwan confirms 15 new cases of COVID-19, bringing total to 298 CNA 29 Mar 2020 -- Fifteen new cases of the COVID-19 coronavirus were confirmed in Taiwan Sunday, bringing the total number to 298 since the pandemic began, according to the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC).
  • COVID-19 patient had contact with over 400 people: CECC CNA 29 Mar 2020 -- One of Taiwan's recently confirmed domestic cases of infection with the COVID-19 coronavirus had contact with over 400 people and visited several tourist areas in northern Taiwan in the past month, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) said Sunday.
  • Central Epidemic Command Center plans social distancing regulations CNA 29 Mar 2020 -- The Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) is considering formulating laws and regulations to enforce social distancing between people in public spaces to halt the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus, the command center's chief said Sunday.
  • Taiwan confirms 16 new cases of COVID-19, bringing total to 283 CNA 28 Mar 2020 -- Sixteen new cases of the COVID-19 coronavirus were confirmed in Taiwan Saturday, bringing the total to 283 since the pandemic began, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) said.
  • COVID-19 pandemic continues to affect consumer confidence CNA 28 Mar 2020 -- An escalation of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic around the world continued to deal a blow to consumer confidence in Taiwan, in particular when equity investors were shocked by global volatility, according to National Central University (NCU).
  • No force can block China's reunification: mainland spokesperson Global Times 28 Mar 2020 -- A Chinese mainland spokesperson has voiced firm opposition to the signing of the so-called "2019 Taipei Act" into law by the United States, saying China's national reunification and rejuvenation will not be stopped by any force.
  • China's top legislature firmly opposes U.S. signing Taiwan-related act into law People's Daily 28 Mar 2020 -- China's top legislature on Friday expressed strong dissatisfaction and firm opposition after the United States signed the so-called "Taiwan Allies International Protection and Enhancement Initiative (TAIPEI) Act of 2019" into law.
  • White House signing 'Taipei act' could alienate US, China farther away Global Times 28 Mar 2020 -- US President Donald Trump signing the "Taipei Act" into law and hours later communicating with China over containing the COVID-19 pandemic are deemed not contradictory, Chinese analysts say.
  • US stirs up instability by signing 'Taipei Act' despite COVID-19 pandemic Global Times 28 Mar 2020 -- US President Donald Trump's signing of the "Taipei Act," which is only a piece of paper that costs nothing for the US but may fool Taiwan island, into law on Thursday amid a global fight against the COVID-19 pandemic shows that the US is only acting to serve its own interests at the expense of damaging China-US ties to provoke instability in the region and its "Taiwan card" will only be counterproductive, experts claimed.
  • Taiwan confirms 15 new cases of COVID-19, bringing total to 267 CNA 27 Mar 2020 -- Fifteen new cases of the coronavirus disease COVID-19 were confirmed in Taiwan on Friday, bringing the total to 267 since the outbreak began, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) said.
  • Trump signs TAIPEI Act into law CNA 27 Mar 2020 -- U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday signed into law the Taiwan Allies International Protection and Enhancement Initiative (TAIPEI) Act of 2019, which is aimed at supporting Taiwan's international presence.
  • China blasts meddling as US signs new Taiwan support law Press TV 27 Mar 2020 -- US President Donald Trump has signed a congressional bill into law that entails greater American support for Taiwan at a global level, amid Beijing's long-time criticism of Washington not to interfere in Chinese internal affairs and to recognize its sovereignty over the breakaway island.
  • US sending destroyer through Taiwan Straits during pandemic a reckless move: experts Global Times 27 Mar 2020 -- Despite eight confirmed COVID-19 cases on US aircraft carrier Theodore Roosevelt and fast increasing number in the US military across the world, the US on Wednesday reportedly sent a warship through the Taiwan Straits.
  • Taiwan confirms 17 new cases of COVID-19, bringing total to 252 CNA 26 Mar 2020 -- Seventeen new cases of the coronavirus disease COVID-19 were confirmed in Taiwan on Thursday, bringing the total to 252 since the pandemic began, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) said.
  • Taiwan's COVID-19 patients mainly experience mild symptoms: CECC CNA 26 Mar 2020 -- A majority of coronavirus COVID-19 patients in Taiwan suffer from mild symptoms, but have to be hospitalized for a long period for detox treatment, an expert with the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) said Thursday.
  • About 440 Taiwanese in Hubei seeking to get home on special flights CNA 26 Mar 2020 -- More than 440 Taiwanese nationals in Hubei have applied for priority bookings on two special flights contracted by the Taipei-based Straits Exchange Foundation (SEF) to bring home Taiwan citizens in the Chinese province, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) said Thursday.
  • US military sails another warship through Taiwan Strait Press TV 26 Mar 2020 -- The US Navy says one of its warships has sailed through the strategic Taiwan Strait, which separates Taiwan from China, a provocative move that is certain to anger Beijing.
  • U.S. destroyer sails through Taiwan Strait: MND CNA 26 Mar 2020 -- A United States military vessel sailed through the Taiwan Strait on Wednesday, Taiwan's Ministry of National Defense (MND) confirmed Thursday.
  • China Blasts US for 'Poisoning Ties' as US Navy Sails Tomahawk-Armed Warship Through Taiwan Strait Sputnik 26 Mar 2020 -- Taiwan's defence ministry carried out large-scale drills on Tuesday simulating a response to a mock invasion of the island by China, alleging that the exercises were a 'response' to repeated "provocations and threats" by Beijing.
  • Taiwan confirms 19 more cases of COVID-19, total at 235 CNA 25 Mar 2020 -- Taiwan confirmed 19 new cases of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) on Wednesday, bringing the total to 235 in the country since the pandemic began, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) said.
  • Taiwan expands screening to curb COVID-19 pandemic CNA 25 Mar 2020 -- Taiwan's Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) on Wednesday announced that it will expand the scope of its COVID-19 coronavirus screening tests to medical and healthcare workers with suspected infection symptoms in order to prevent possible cluster infections in the nation's healthcare system.
  • CECC advises against large gatherings CNA 25 Mar 2020 -- Taiwan's Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) on Wednesday recommended the cancellation of mass gatherings of more than 100 people indoors and 500 people outdoors to help stop the spread of the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
  • CECC mulls disclosing more information on certain COVID-19 cases CNA 25 Mar 2020 -- The Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) said Wednesday it will consider releasing more information on people infected with the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) where their occupation creates a public interest to do so.
  • Local governments increase policing, fines for home quarantine CNA 25 Mar 2020 -- Taipei and New Taipei cities said Wednesday that they are stepping up enforcement of home quarantine regulations, amid a number of recent cases in which quarantined individuals have been caught defying government orders to stay at home.
  • Taiwan laments WHO's inaction on its alert on coronavirus CNA 25 Mar 2020 -- Taiwan's government has confirmed a media report saying the World Health Organization (WHO) failed to pass on its warning at the end of December about possible human-to-human transmission of the novel coronavirus to other countries.
  • Taiwan laments WHO's inaction on its alert on coronavirus CNA 25 Mar 2020 -- Taiwan's government has confirmed a media report saying the World Health Organization (WHO) failed to pass on its warning at the end of December about possible human-to-human transmission of the novel coronavirus to other countries.
  • Government unveils further COVID-19 response measures CNA 24 Mar 2020 -- The government has been rolling out a slew of measures to counter the economic impact of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, including providing compensation, subsidies and tax breaks for businesses, individuals and organizations affected by the disease.
  • Taiwan adds 20 new COVID-19 cases, bringing total to 215 CNA 24 Mar 2020 -- Twenty new cases of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) were confirmed in Taiwan Tuesday, bringing the total to 215 since the pandemic began, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) said that day.
  • CECC announces new local COVID-19 case, bringing total to 216 CNA 24 Mar 2020 -- A French graduate student at a northern Taiwan university has been confirmed as the country's latest COVID-19 coronavirus case, bringing Taiwan's total number of cases to 216, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) announced late Tuesday.
  • Officials give contradictory update on return of Taiwanese in Hubei CNA 24 Mar 2020 -- Premier Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌) and Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) head Chen Shih-chung (陳時中) on Tuesday provided conflicting information on how Taiwanese in the Chinese province of Hubei can return home once the province-wide lockdown is lifted on Wednesday.
  • Taiwan defends relatively limited COVID-19 testing CNA 24 Mar 2020 -- Amid doubts over the relatively low number of COVID-19 tests being done by Taiwan, Vice President Chen Chien-jen (陳建仁) has defended Taiwan's practices, saying large volumes of tests are only needed when sources of infection cannot be traced.
  • At least two more months needed to contain COVID-19 outbreak: VP CNA 24 Mar 2020 -- It will take at least another two months to contain the surging new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak worldwide, Vice President Chen Chien-jen (陳建仁) predicted during an exclusive interview with CNA on Tuesday.
  • Taiwan holds joint air drill featuring simulated air scramble CNA 24 Mar 2020 -- Taiwan's Armed Forces held large-scale military exercises throughout the country on Tuesday, with eight F-16 fighter jets from Hualien Air Base conducting simulated long-range intercept missions above Taiwan.
  • Taiwan COVID-19 cases rise to 195 with 26 new infections (update) CNA 23 Mar 2020 -- Taiwan confirmed 26 new cases of COVID-19 coronavirus Monday, bringing its total number to 195, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) said.
  • Taiwan gearing up to produce 13 million masks per day CNA 23 Mar 2020 -- Taiwan will be able to reach its target of making 13 million surgical masks per day from early April to meet rising demand for the item amid the fight to curb the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus, a government official said Monday.
  • Time not yet ripe for Taiwan to export masks to allies: MOFA CNA 23 Mar 2020 -- Taiwan has not yet reached the point that it can export surgical masks to diplomatic allies in need amid the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) declared Monday, dismissing online misinformation that it gave away masks to an ally as a diplomatic favor.
  • Taiwan adds 16 new COVID-19 cases, bringing total to 169 (update) CNA 22 Mar 2020 -- A total of 16 new coronavirus cases, 13 of which originated overseas, were confirmed in Taiwan on Sunday, bringing the total number to 169 since the outbreak began, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) said.
  • Travelers to be barred from transiting through Taiwan airports CNA 22 Mar 2020 -- Travelers will not be allowed to transit through airports in Taiwan starting March 24, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) announced Sunday, in what is the country's latest travel restriction to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
  • Taoyuan airport passenger levels fall below SARS numbers: NIA CNA 22 Mar 2020 -- The number of passengers who arrived and departed from Taoyuan International Airport on Saturday fell below the daily average handled by the airport at the height of the SARS outbreak in 2003, the National Immigration Agency (NIA) said Sunday.
  • Taiwan confirms 18 more cases of COVID-19, total at 153 (update) CNA 21 Mar 2020 -- Eighteen new cases of the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) were reported in Taiwan on Saturday, bringing the total number in the country to 153 since the outbreak began, according to the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC).
  • More airlines suspend flights serving Taiwan amid pandemic CNA 21 Mar 2020 -- More airlines have decided to suspend flights serving Taiwan amid plummeting demand and increasingly tight border controls set by governments around the world, including Taiwan's, to keep the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) at bay.
  • CECC imposes highest travel warning on all overseas destinations CNA 20 Mar 2020 -- Taiwan will place all foreign countries and territories under its highest Level 3 travel warning starting Saturday, but the move became largely symbolic after a 14-day home quarantine was imposed on all inbound travelers starting Thursday.
  • Taiwan adds 27 new COVID-19 cases; total rises to 135 (update) CNA 20 Mar 2020 -- Twenty-seven new COVID-19 cases were confirmed in Taiwan Friday, bringing the total number around the country to 135, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) said that day.
  • Taiwan records second COVID-19 death CNA 20 Mar 2020 -- Taiwan confirmed a second death from COVID-19 Friday, after an elderly man died from complications caused by the coronavirus disease.
  • Equipment for 32 mask production lines to be fully delivered soon CNA 20 Mar 2020 -- The equipment needed for 32 new surgical face mask production lines in Taiwan is expected to be fully delivered soon, the chairman of the Taiwan Machine Tool & Accessory Builders' Association (TMBA) said Friday.
  • Taiwanese Air Force Intercepts PLA Jets in Nighttime Drill Over International Waters Sputnik 19 Mar 2020 -- Jets from Taiwan's air force recently rushed to intercept Chinese People's Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) fighters flying over international waters in the Taiwan Strait.
  • Next 14 days critical to Taiwan's COVID-19 response: Tsai CNA 19 Mar 2020 -- President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) said Thursday that the next 14 days will be critical to Taiwan's COVID-19 prevention efforts, and called on the public to take three steps to assist the government's response, after a one-week period in which Taiwan's confirmed cases have more than doubled to 108.
  • Taiwan starts clinical trials of remdesivir on COVID-19 patients CNA 19 Mar 2020 -- Clinical trials of the antiviral drug remdesivir for the treatment of the coronavirus disease COVID-19 have already started in Taiwan, Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) expert Chang Shang-chun (張上淳) said Thursday.
  • Taiwan reports eight new COVID-19 cases; total rises to 108 CNA 19 Mar 2020 -- Eight new COVID-19 cases were confirmed in Taiwan on Thursday, bringing the total number in the country to 108, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) said.
  • Taipei, New Taipei seek to expand provision of 'quarantine hotels' CNA 19 Mar 2020 -- Taipei and New Taipei cities are in talks with a number of local hotels to become "quarantine hotels" serving those required to undergo quarantine, after the four current hotels became fully booked following the introduction of new border controls amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Taiwan, EU discuss joint efforts to fight COVID-19 CNA 19 Mar 2020 -- Academia Sinica, Taiwan's top research institute, said Wednesday that it hosted a video conference with European Union (EU) officials that day to discuss possible collaborative efforts to fight COVID-19.
  • Nearly 40% of returning travelers report start of home quarantine CNA 19 Mar 2020 -- Nearly 40 percent of the approximately 16,000 people who returned to Taiwan March 5-14 from overseas areas deemed as high-risk for the COVID-19 coronavirus disease have reported to local district offices that they have started home quarantine, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) said Thursday.
  • Arriving passengers wait in long lines at Taoyuan airport CNA 19 Mar 2020 -- Arriving travelers waited in long lines outside Taoyuan International Airport for a specialized "epidemic prevention transport service" to head for home quarantine Thursday, as Taiwan began to impose strict border controls to contain the spread of the coronavirus disease COVID-19.
  • Taiwan facing risk of infection wave due to flawed control effort: experts Global Times 19 Mar 2020 -- The island of Taiwan's epidemic control efforts against the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) are seriously flawed and Taiwan is facing the risk of another wave of COVID-19 infections, as the island's authority previously only focused on preventing cases from the Chinese mainland but not those from the rest of the world, multiple experts from the island said on Wednesday.
  • Taiwan adds 23 new COVID-19 cases, bringing total to 100 CNA 18 Mar 2020 -- A total of 23 new COVID-19 cases, 21 of which originated overseas, were confirmed in Taiwan on Wednesday, bringing the total number in the country to 100, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) said.
  • Taiwan to bar entry of foreign nationals to combat COVID-19 (update) CNA 18 Mar 2020 -- Taiwan will bar all foreign nationals from entering Taiwan starting Thursday, with some exceptions, as it intensifies efforts to contain the spread of the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19), the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) said Wednesday.
  • Highest travel warning announced for U.S., Canada, Australia, New Zealand CNA 18 Mar 2020 -- Taiwan will impose its highest Level 3 travel warning on the United States, Canada, Australia and New Zealand starting Thursday, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) said Wednesday, though the effects of the move will be largely superseded by a separate policy mandating 14-day home quarantine for all arriving travelers.
  • Three COVID-19 cases highlighted as 'high risk' for community spread CNA 18 Mar 2020 -- Three of the 23 new COVID-19 cases confirmed Wednesday in Taiwan have been identified by the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) as being of potential high risk for further community spread of the coronavirus.
  • Taiwan, U.S. announce joint efforts to fight coronavirus CNA 18 Mar 2020 -- Taiwan and the United States are stepping up efforts to contain the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak by sharing best practices and cooperating on a range of activities, according to a joint statement issued by the two sides Wednesday.
  • 16,000 arrivals from Europe, other areas required to be quarantined CNA 18 Mar 2020 -- About 16,000 people arrived in Taiwan from the high-risk areas of Europe, Turkey, Dubai and Egypt from March 5-14 and are required to quarantine themselves at home for 14 days, according to government data.
  • Three COVID-19 cases highlighted as 'high risk' for community spread CNA 18 Mar 2020 -- Three of the 23 new COVID-19 cases confirmed Wednesday in Taiwan have been identified by the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) as being of potential high risk for further community spread of the coronavirus.
  • Chinese warplanes fly first nighttime mission near Taiwan: MND CNA 17 Mar 2020 -- Chinese warplanes were spotted flying near Taiwan's airspace at night for the first time Monday, the Ministry of National Defense (MND) said Tuesday.
  • Taiwan Fighter Jets Confront Chinese Military Aircraft VOA 17 Mar 2020 -- Taiwan says it scrambled its air force to drive away Chinese military planes that had flown into its airspace late Monday.
  • U.S. Congress sends TAIPEI Act to Trump for signing into law CNA 17 Mar 2020 -- The U.S. Congress on Monday presented the Taiwan Allies International Protection and Enhancement Initiative (TAIPEI) Act of 2019 to President Donald Trump for signing into law, after it was passed unanimously by both chambers of Congress earlier this month.
  • Taiwan adds 10 new imported COVID-19 cases, bringing total to 77 CNA 17 Mar 2020 -- A total of 10 new COVID-19 cases, all imported, were confirmed in Taiwan Tuesday, bringing the total number in the country to 77, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) said that day.
  • Taiwan strives to contain coronavirus spread without lockdown CNA 17 Mar 2020 -- Taiwan will try its utmost to refrain from a lockdown as more and more countries have taken drastic measures, including closing their borders, to try to stem the spread of the coronavirus disease COVID-19, the health minister said Tuesday.
  • All of Asia, Europe covered by Taiwan's highest travel warning CNA 17 Mar 2020 -- Taiwan extended its highest Level 3 travel alert to more foreign countries Tuesday to cover virtually all of Asia and Europe and three states in the United States amid the global novel coronavirus pandemic.
  • Taiwan adds 43 countries to travel quarantine list CNA 16 Mar 2020 -- Taiwan on Monday issued its highest Level 3 travel warning for 43 countries and regions in the Middle East, Eastern Europe and Northern Africa, effective Tuesday, to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
  • Taiwan reports 8 new imported COVID-19 cases, bringing total to 67 CNA 16 Mar 2020 -- Eight new cases of the coronavirus disease COVID-19 have been confirmed in Taiwan, all of which are believed to have been imported, bringing the total number in the country to 67, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) said Monday.
  • Students, teachers barred from overseas travel under Cabinet decision CNA 16 Mar 2020 -- Students and teachers at senior and junior high schools as well as elementary schools around Taiwan will all be prohibited from overseas travel until the end of the current semester, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) said Monday, citing a Cabinet decision.
  • How Taiwan has been able to keep COVID-19 at bay CNA 16 Mar 2020 -- In January, when the world started taking notice of COVID-19, a new coronavirus disease that was rapidly spreading from the Chinese city of Wuhan, researchers at John Hopkins University predicted that Taiwan would be one of the hardest-hit countries.
  • Offshore patrol cutter joins Kinmen coast guard CNA 16 Mar 2020 -- A newly built latest-generation patrol cutter has recently joined the offshore Kinmen County's coast guard unit to boost the island's ability in conducting patrols to disrupt illicit maritime activities, the unit said Monday.
  • Taiwan to test all symptomatic travelers from Europe for COVID-19 CNA 15 Mar 2020 -- Taiwan will carry out tests for the COVID-19 coronavirus on people arriving from Europe who show symptoms of the disease, in light of the recent spike in the country's imported cases from that continent, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) said Sunday.
  • Taiwan reports 6 new imported COVID-19 cases; total rises to 59 CNA 15 Mar 2020 -- Six new cases of the COVID-19 coronavirus disease have been confirmed in Taiwan, all of which are believed to have been imported, bringing the total number in the country to 59, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) said Sunday.
  • Taiwan raises travel alert for Egypt CNA 15 Mar 2020 -- Taiwan's Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) raised its travel advisory for Egypt to a Level 2 alert Sunday, saying that the number of COVID-19 coronavirus cases there has been spiking.
  • Taiwan airlines suspending flights to Europe, US due to COVID-19 CNA 15 Mar 2020 -- Taiwan's two major carriers said Sunday they will suspend some flights to the United States and Europe, since airline crew and travelers arriving from those areas are required to observe either a 14-day self-quarantine or self-health management regime, due to the escalation of the COVID-19 outbreak.
  • CECC to raise travel alert for 27 European countries to highest level CNA 14 Mar 2020 -- Taiwan will upgrade its travel warning for Dubai in the United Arab Emirates and 27 countries in Europe to its highest level, effective March 17, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) said Saturday.
  • COVID-19 infections rise to 53 in Taiwan with confirmation of 3 new cases CNA 14 Mar 2020 -- Three new cases of the COVID-19 coronavirus disease have been confirmed in Taiwan, all of which are believed to have been imported, bringing the total number in the country to 53, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) said Saturday.
  • Diplomats in Taipei briefed on Taiwan's COVID-19 response CNA 14 Mar 2020 -- Diplomats and foreign representatives in Taipei were briefed Friday on the state of the COVID-19 coronavirus disease outbreak in Taiwan and the country's prevention and containment efforts, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA).
  • Taiwan bans travel by military personnel to contain virus spread CNA 14 Mar 2020 -- Taiwan's Ministry of National Defense (MND) on Saturday temporarily suspended all overseas travel by the country's military personnel, to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
  • American man confirmed as Taiwan's 50th COVID-19 case CNA 13 Mar 2020 -- An American man in his 50s has been confirmed as Taiwan's 50th case of the coronavirus disease COVID-19, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) announced Friday.
  • NT$60 billion budget to cope with coronavirus clears Legislature CNA 13 Mar 2020 -- A special budget plan worth NT$60 billion (US$1.99 billion) to support efforts to contain the spread of the coronavirus disease COVID-19 and cope with its impact on the local economy was approved by the Legislative Yuan Friday.
  • MND denies reports alleging KMT legislator sought classified documents CNA 13 Mar 2020 -- Taiwan's Ministry of National Defense (MND) on Friday issued a statement denying media reports that had accused opposition Kuomintang (KMT) legislator Wu Sz-huai (吳斯懷) of requesting confidential files related to national security, following a public appeal by the lawmaker to set the record straight.
  • Early screenings, experience helped Taiwan contain COVID-19: minister CNA 12 Mar 2020 -- Taiwan's experience in fighting epidemics and its decision to screen inbound flight passengers from China at an early stage has so far helped the country contain the outbreak of the COVID-19 coronavirus disease, Health Minister Chen Shih-chung (陳時中) said Thursday.
  • President holds meeting to address economic impact of COVID-19 CNA 12 Mar 2020 -- President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) convened a national security meeting of senior officials Thursday to respond to the economic impact of the coronavirus disease 2019, COVID-19, amid the global spread of the virus.
  • U.S. Senate passes TAIPEI Act unanimously CNA 12 Mar 2020 -- The United States Senate passed the Taiwan Allies International Protection and Enhancement Initiative (TAIPEI) Act of 2019 Wednesday with unanimous consent.
  • Rapid COVID-19 screening kits could be available by year-end CNA 11 Mar 2020 -- Rapid screening kits being developed by Taiwan's National Health Research Institute (NHRI) for the coronavirus disease COVID-19 could be available for use by medical personnel by the end of the year, the institute's president said Wednesday.
  • 361 evacuees from China's Hubei province placed in quarantine CNA 11 Mar 2020 -- A total of 361 Taiwanese nationals who returned to Taiwan Tuesday night and early Wednesday morning from China's Hubei province, after being stranded due to the outbreak of the coronavirus disease COVID-19, have been placed in quarantine, according to the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC).
  • Taiwan issues travel alerts for 10 European, Middle Eastern countries CNA 11 Mar 2020 -- Taiwan's Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) issued a Level 2 travel alert Wednesday for 10 European and Middle Eastern countries due to the rapid rise of confirmed COVID-19 cases.
  • Woman in her 30s becomes Taiwan's 48th COVID-19 confirmed case CNA 11 Mar 2020 -- A Taiwanese woman in her 30s, who recently traveled to the United Kingdom, was confirmed on Wednesday as having contracted the respiratory illness COVID-19, making her the 48th case in Taiwan, according to the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC).
  • Taiwan evacuates 169 on second flight from Hubei CNA 11 Mar 2020 -- A charter plane carrying 169 Taiwanese nationals stranded in China's Hubei Province touched down at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport at 11:35 p.m. Tuesday in the second evacuation of Taiwanese from the epicenter of the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak.
  • Home isolation/quarantine subjects to get compensation CNA 10 Mar 2020 -- Individuals subject to home isolation or home quarantine for 14 days to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus are entitled to monetary compensation for the mandatory movement constraints on them, according to a Cabinet bulletin released Tuesday.
  • Number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Taiwan rises to 47 CNA 10 Mar 2020 -- Taiwan confirmed two more COVID-19 coronavirus cases Tuesday, including one who is a family member of two previous cases and an imported case from the Netherlands, bringing the total cases across the country to 47, with one death, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) said that day.
  • About 400 military personnel in Taiwan under home quarantine: minister CNA 10 Mar 2020 -- Approximately 400 members of Taiwan's Armed Forces are currently under home quarantine as part of the military's efforts to keep the COVID-19 coronavirus at bay, Defense Minister Yen De-fa (嚴德發) said Tuesday.
  • Taiwan Boosts Production of Face Masks, Controls Sale And Exports Radio Free Asia 10 Mar 2020 -- Authorities in democratic Taiwan have banned the export of face-masks amid the global coronavirus epidemic, while curbing panic-buying at home with a centralized production, distribution and rationing system for its 23 million residents.
  • Legislature plans video conference on coronavirus concern CNA 09 Mar 2020 -- If there are two legislators or more confirmed with COVID-19, the Legislative Yuan will use video conferencing for its sessions, Lin Jih-jia (林志嘉), secretary-general of the Legislative Yuan, said Monday, as the virus continued to spread globally.
  • Taiwan mask output to hit 10 million per day by next week: minister CNA 09 Mar 2020 -- Taiwan is ramping up its production of surgical face masks, with the goal of reaching 10 million per day by next week, using newly acquired equipment, in an effort to meet domestic demand amid the COVID-19 coronavirus epidemic, Economics Minister Shen Jong-chin (沈榮津) said Monday.
  • COVID-19 mortality risk highest amongst elderly: experts CNA 09 Mar 2020 -- Elderly people who have underlying medical conditions are at higher risk of death from the COVID-19 coronavirus than people in other demographics, Taiwan public health experts said Monday.
  • Taiwan public health expert calls for WHO to declare COVID-19 pandemic CNA 09 Mar 2020 -- A leading public health expert in Taiwan has urged the World Health Organization (WHO) to declare COVID-19 a pandemic due to the surge in cases and spread of the disease around the globe.
  • Taiwan issues orange travel alert for Russia over COVID concerns CNA 08 Mar 2020 -- Taiwan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs issued an "orange" travel alert for Russia Sunday, after health authorities in Moscow imposed a state of "high alert" and a series of new measures to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus COVID-19 in the Russian capital.
  • US deal with Taiwan may trigger China-US military conflict Global Times 07 Mar 2020 -- To provoke China by playing the "Taiwan card" is not only a strategic approach of the US approved by both Republicans and Democrats, but is also a "dirty business" between Taiwan separatists and US politicians that serves the interests of US defense contractors at the expense of peace and stability in the West Pacific region, said analysts on Saturday.
  • Taiwan, Philippines disagree on where man contracted coronavirus CNA 06 Mar 2020 -- Taiwan on Friday revealed more details about a coronavirus case that it believes was imported from the Philippines, an independent traveler who was diagnosed with the disease a day earlier after a recent trip to the neighboring country.
  • CECC isolates 103 for contact with Australian COVID-19 case CNA 06 Mar 2020 -- The Taiwanese authorities have placed 103 people under home isolation after they had contact with an Australian classical musician who was diagnosed with COVID-19 following a Feb. 23-March 2 visit to Taiwan, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) said Friday.
  • Taiwan announces new COVID-19 case, total up to 45 CNA 06 Mar 2020 -- Taiwan confirmed one more novel coronavirus (COVID-19) case on Friday, bringing the total across the country to 45, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) said.
  • Mainland spokesperson considers U.S. House passage of Taiwan-related act "unreasonable" People's Daily 06 Mar 2020 -- A Chinese mainland spokesperson on Thursday slammed the so-called "Taiwan Allies International Protection and Enhancement Initiative (TAIPEI) Act of 2019" passed by the U.S. House of Representatives recently, saying the passage of the Taiwan-related bill is "unreasonable."
  • Taiwan confirms two new COVID-19 cases, bringing total to 44 CNA 05 Mar 2020 -- Taiwan's Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) on Thursday confirmed two new cases of the COVID-19 coronavirus, involving a woman who was likely infected by the 39th case and a man who returned from the Philippines on Tuesday.
  • U.S. House passes act to support Taiwan's international presence CNA 05 Mar 2020 -- The United States House of Representatives on Wednesday unanimously passed the Taiwan Allies International Protection and Enhancement Initiative (TAIPEI) Act of 2019.
  • Why Taiwan Has Just 42 Coronavirus Cases while Neighbors Report Hundreds or Thousands VOA 04 Mar 2020 -- Taiwan sits near Japan, China and South Korea, three countries with some of the world's worst outbreaks of the deadly coronavirus, but the island itself has just 42 isolated cases.
  • Community transmission of COVID-19 unavoidable: health minister CNA 04 Mar 2020 -- Health Minister Chen Shih-chung (陳時中) said Wednesday that community transmission of the COVID-19 coronavirus is "unavoidable" in the long term, but said effective response measures could prevent a large-scale outbreak.
  • Number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Taiwan rises to 42 CNA 03 Mar 2020 -- A woman in her 50s is the nation's 42nd COVID-19 patient and is believed to have contracted the virus while taking care of her husband in a northern Taiwan hospital where a cluster infection occurred, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) said Tuesday.
  • Taiwan's aviation, tourism sectors hit hard by coronavirus epidemic CNA 03 Mar 2020 -- Airline companies and travel agencies in Taiwan are facing difficulties amid falling demand due to the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak, while travelers have been expressing frustration at having to cancel or postpone their trips.
  • New rules to boost weekly face mask purchase quota CNA 02 Mar 2020 -- Taiwan residents will soon be allowed to buy an additional surgical face mask a week amid rising production of the masks, which are in high demand to combat the novel coronavirus, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) said Monday.
  • Number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Taiwan rises to 41 CNA 02 Mar 2020 -- A woman in her 20s, whose mother is infected with the novel coronavirus, has contracted the infection, bringing the total number of cases in Taiwan to 41, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) said Monday.
  • Defense Ministry considering postponing part of military drill CNA 02 Mar 2020 -- The computer-simulated part of this year's Han Kuang military exercises, Taiwan's biggest annual military drill, could be postponed due to the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak, Defense Minister Yen De-fa (嚴德發) said Monday.
  • Taiwan confirms 40th COVID-19 coronavirus case CNA 01 Mar 2020 -- A woman who was evacuated from the quarantined Diamond Princess cruise ship in Japan has been diagnosed to become Taiwan's 40th confirmed COVID-19 coronavirus case, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) said Sunday.



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