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April 2020 - Taiwan Special Weapons News

  • Taiwan mulling easing COVID-19 restrictions as new cases stay at zero CNA 30 Apr 2020 -- The Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) said Thursday it is considering lifting some of the restrictions related to its COVID-19 coronavirus prevention efforts, as Taiwan has recorded no new cases for the fifth consecutive day, leaving the total number at 429.
  • U.S. official contrasts approaches of Taiwan, China to COVID-19 CNA 30 Apr 2020 -- A U.S. State Department official praised Taiwan's handling of the COVID-19 crisis Tuesday, contrasting its "transparent" response with the approach taken by China and other authoritarian governments.
  • U.S. spy plane spotted southwest of Taiwan CNA 30 Apr 2020 -- An American EP-3E electronic warfare and reconnaissance aircraft flew southwest of Taiwan Thursday afternoon, the 13th time a U.S. military aircraft has appeared in that area in April, according to a military air movement tracker.
  • Pro-independence group proposes referendums on constitutional reform CNA 30 Apr 2020 -- The pro-independence Taiwan New Constitution Foundation (TNC) submitted proposals to the Central Election Commission (CEC) Thursday for referendums on whether Taiwan's constitution, which it said roots the country's identity in a defunct political reality, should be reformed or replaced.
  • Taiwan reports no new COVID-19 cases for 4th consecutive day CNA 29 Apr 2020 -- Taiwan on Wednesday reported no new COVID-19 cases for the fourth consecutive day and seventh time this month, with the total number of confirmed cases remaining at 429, according to the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC).
  • Taiwan medical team discusses COVID-19 response with Russian counterparts CNA 29 Apr 2020 -- A medical team from Taipei Hospital held a video conference Tuesday with public health officials and other medical professionals in Russia to provide information about Taiwan's response to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.
  • Public confidence a key factor in COVID-19 battle: CECC chief CNA 29 Apr 2020 -- The Central Epidemic Command Center's (CECC) strategy to combat the COVID-19 pandemic on psychological as well as physiological grounds has paid dividends, CECC chief Chen Shih-chung (陳時中) said 100 days after the CECC was first convened.
  • Taiwan rejects Philippine official's claim that Taiwan is part of China CNA 29 Apr 2020 -- Taiwan on Wednesday rejected a Philippine official's remarks that it is part of China, and Beijing therefore can help decide whether a Filipina caregiver in Taiwan should be deported to Manila, after she allegedly criticized the Philippine president.
  • Taiwan reports no new COVID-19 cases for 3 consecutive days CNA 28 Apr 2020 -- Taiwan on Tuesday reported no new cases of the COVID-19 coronavirus for the third consecutive day and sixth time this month, with the total number of confirmed cases remaining at 429, according to the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC).
  • Taiwan's COVID-19 infection rate does not justify mass testing: CECC CNA 28 Apr 2020 -- The Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) said Tuesday there is no need for mass testing for the COVID-19 coronavirus in Taiwan, as the rate of infection so far has been quite low.
  • Taiwan official in Manila promotes 'Taiwan model' to combat virus CNA 28 Apr 2020 -- Taiwan's representative to the Philippines on Monday argued in an op-ed that Taiwan can provide a model for successfully controlling COVID-19 without a lockdown, as the Philippines prepares for a phased re-opening of its economy this week.
  • Taiwan confirms no new COVID-19 cases for 5th time in April CNA 27 Apr 2020 -- Taiwan on Monday reported no new confirmed cases of the COVID-19 coronavirus for the fifth time this month, keeping its total number at 429, according to the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC).
  • Taiwan reports no new COVID-19 cases for fourth time in month CNA 26 Apr 2020 -- Taiwan on Sunday reported no new daily confirmed cases of the COVID-19 coronavirus for the fourth time in a month and no new local infections for 14 consecutive days, keeping the total number of those infected in the country at 429, according to the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC).
  • Taiwan needs new medium-range missile: analyst CNA 26 Apr 2020 -- The development of the "Yun Feng" (Cloud Peak) medium-range surface-to-surface missile is strategically important to Taiwan as a deterrent, a defense analyst told CNA amid reports that the weapon system had been tested recently.
  • Chinese aircraft carrier maneuver aimed at achieving multiple results CNA 26 Apr 2020 -- A recent training mission of the Chinese aircraft carrier Liaoning, which sailed through waters near Japan and Taiwan and into the South China Sea near Vietnam, has been seen by a Taiwanese defense analyst as a maneuver with the aim of "hitting three birds with one stone."
  • Taiwan confirms 1 new case of COVID-19 in Navy cluster CNA 25 Apr 2020 -- Taiwan confirmed one new case of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) on Saturday, bringing the total number of infections in the country to 429 since the pandemic began late last year, according to the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC).
  • No signs of Navy COVID-19 cluster transmission in community: CECC CNA 25 Apr 2020 -- A recent Taiwan Navy cluster case involving 31 COVID-19 infections has not yet resulted in any community outbreaks, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) said Saturday in the wake of escalating concerns in the country.
  • Taiwan calls for restraint in South China Sea CNA 25 Apr 2020 -- Taiwan's government has reasserted its sovereignty over the South China Sea and called on all claimants of the disputed waters to exercise restraint amid rising tensions.
  • Taiwan reports 1 new case of COVID-19 in Navy cluster CNA 24 Apr 2020 -- Taiwan confirmed one new case of the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) on Friday, bringing the total number of infections in the country to 428 since the pandemic began late last year, according to the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC).
  • Tsai discusses lessons learned from 2003 SARS hospital lockdown CNA 24 Apr 2020 -- On the 17th anniversary of a lockdown imposed on a Taipei hospital amid a severe SARS outbreak, President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) on Friday urged unity between the government and society to combat the spread of the COVID-19 conoravirus, which first appeared in Wuhan, China in December.
  • U.S. warship transits through Taiwan Strait CNA 24 Apr 2020 -- The USS Barry, an American Arleigh-Burke class guided missile destroyer, sailed through the Taiwan Strait on Thursday, according to a Facebook post by the U.S. Seventh Fleet.
  • US Warship Transits Taiwan Strait For the Second Time in One Month Sputnik 24 Apr 2020 -- China has repeatedly criticized the US for sailing its warships through the Taiwan Strait, characterizing the transits as "dangerous" behaviour that "severely harms peace and stability" in the region.
  • Taiwan confirms 1 new case of COVID-19 CNA 23 Apr 2020 -- Taiwan reported one new case of the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) on Thursday, bringing the total number of infections to 427 since the pandemic began late last year, according to the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC).
  • Taiwan-developed rapid screening reagent put into trial production CNA 23 Apr 2020 -- A research team at Academia Sinica has developed a key reagent for a pioneering rapid screening test for the COVID-19 coronavirus disease and the technology has been transferred to seven companies, one or two of which will be chosen for possible mass production, James Liao (廖俊智), president of Taiwan's most prestigious research institution, said Thursday.
  • Taiwan to extend ban on transit passengers, cross-strait flights CNA 23 Apr 2020 -- Taiwan will maintain its restrictions on flights to and from China and its entry ban on transit passengers after the initial end date later this month, as the COVID-19 pandemic is showing no signs of abating, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) said Thursday.
  • Cabinet details allocation of NT$150 billion COVID-19 relief fund CNA 23 Apr 2020 -- The Cabinet on Thursday allocated the bulk of a special NT$150 billion (US$4.98 billion) budget to revitalizing the domestic economy, which has been hard hit by the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.
  • Military releases surveillance photo of Liaoning aircraft carrier CNA 23 Apr 2020 -- Taiwan's military on Thursday released for the first time a surveillance photograph it took of the Chinese aircraft carrier, the Liaoning, as it monitored the passage of a Chinese carrier battle group in waters south of the country a day earlier.
  • Taiwan reports 1 new case of COVID-19 CNA 22 Apr 2020 -- Taiwan confirmed one new case of the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) on Wednesday, bringing the total number of infections in Taiwan to 426 since the pandemic began late last year, according to the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC).
  • U.S. working with Taiwan on COVID-19 assistance to Pacific CNA 22 Apr 2020 -- The United States State Department on Tuesday detailed the ways it is helping Pacific Island countries respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, saying it is coordinating the assistance with "like-minded partners" including Taiwan.
  • Taiwanese donations reach Slovenia, Italy in COVID-19 fight CNA 22 Apr 2020 -- Taiwanese donations for people struggling with the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic have been shipped to Slovenia and to hospitals in the worst-hit Lombardy region of Italy, according to Taiwanese liaison offices in those European countries.
  • Singapore, Vatican thank Taiwan for mask donations CNA 22 Apr 2020 -- The Singapore Red Cross and the Holy See's top envoy to Taiwan expressed gratitude to Taiwan on Wednesday for its donations of surgical face masks to help with their countries' response to the COVID-19 coronavirus epidemic.
  • One of 229 returnees from Hubei shows abnormal symptoms CNA 22 Apr 2020 -- One of the 229 Taiwanese nationals who returned to Taiwan on Tuesday night after being stranded in Hubei province by the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak showed abnormal conditions and was taken to the hospital.
  • Rear admiral fails to report all fever cases on COVID-19-infected ship CNA 22 Apr 2020 -- The former commander of a Navy flotilla on which a cluster of COVID-19 coronavirus infections has occurred admitted to lawmakers on Wednesday that he did not report back to his superiors all the fever cases aboard his ships during their month-long cruise as required.
  • Tsai apologizes for COVID-19 cluster infection on naval ship CNA 22 Apr 2020 -- Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) on Wednesday apologized for the handling of a COVID-19 cluster on board a naval ship which has so far left 28 people infected with the virus, saying that as commander-in-chief, she holds ultimate responsibility for the military.
  • Taiwan confirms 3 new cases of COVID-19 in Navy cluster infection CNA 21 Apr 2020 -- Three new cases of the COVID-19 coronavirus disease from a recent cluster infection aboard a Taiwan naval ship were confirmed in Taiwan on Tuesday, bringing the total of infections to 425 in the country since the pandemic began late last year, according to the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC).
  • 229 Taiwanese return from Hubei in second special flight this week CNA 21 Apr 2020 -- A total of 229 Taiwan nationals, previously stranded in China's Hubei province due to the COVID-19 outbreak, returned to the country on a special flight late Tuesday and were immediately placed in quarantine.
  • Two of 231 returnees from Wuhan show respiratory symptoms CNA 21 Apr 2020 -- One adult and one child from among the 231 Taiwan nationals who returned to Taiwan late Monday after being stranded in China's Hubei province because of the COVID-19 outbreak were found to have respiratory infections and hospitalized.
  • Initial COVID-19 tests negative for 2 symptomatic returnees from Hubei CNA 21 Apr 2020 -- Initial tests for the COVID-19 coronavirus were negative for two returnees with suspected symptoms who arrived in Taiwan late Monday after being stranded in China's Hubei Province because of the pandemic, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) said Tuesday.
  • President asks military to get to bottom of COVID-19 cluster CNA 21 Apr 2020 -- The Presidential Office on Tuesday called on the nation's military to thoroughly investigate and find those responsible for a cluster COVID-19 infection on a Navy ship that has so far left 27 people infected with the deadly coronavirus.
  • Two admirals removed from posts over COVID-19 infections on ship CNA 21 Apr 2020 -- Two Navy admirals have been removed from their posts pending further investigation into responsibility for a cluster COVID-19 coronavirus infection on a naval ship that has so far left 27 people infected with the virus, the nation's defense chief announced Tuesday.
  • MND releases revised medical records for ship hit by COVID-19 CNA 21 Apr 2020 -- Taiwan's Ministry of National Defense (MND) on Monday released revised medical records for a Navy ship hit by a cluster infection of the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19), showing more visits, including 10 for upper respiratory symptoms.
  • Face masks can soon be ordered at convenience stores CNA 21 Apr 2020 -- People will be able to order their fortnightly quota of nine masks at Taiwan's four major convenience store chains starting Wednesday, after the government again adjusted its mask rationing system.
  • Taiwan, WHO again spar over controversial email to WHO CNA 21 Apr 2020 -- Taiwan and the World Health Organization (WHO) have again traded barbs over the email Taiwan sent to the WHO at the end of last year that it says alerted the world health body to possible human-to-human transmission of the new coronavirus but was ignored.
  • Taiwan confirms 2 new cases of COVID-19; total at 422 CNA 20 Apr 2020 -- Two new cases of the COVID-19 coronavirus disease were confirmed in Taiwan on Monday, bringing the total to 422 since the pandemic began late last year, according to the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC).
  • CECC issues alert about movements of 24 infected military personnel CNA 20 Apr 2020 -- The Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) has issued an alert regarding the movements of 24 military personnel who tested positive for the COVID-19 coronavirus disease after they returned recently from a goodwill mission on three Navy vessels.
  • 231 Taiwanese return from Hubei, placed in quarantine CNA 20 Apr 2020 -- A total of 231 Taiwan nationals, originally stranded in China's Hubei province due to the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak, returned to Taiwan late Monday on a special flight and were immediately placed in quarantine.
  • Earliest cases of Navy infections happened on ship: CECC CNA 20 Apr 2020 -- The earliest cases of a recent cluster infection of the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) aboard a Taiwan naval ship happened after the sailors left Taiwan, according to the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) Monday.
  • Taiwan's chances of attending WHA in May slim: MOFA CNA 20 Apr 2020 -- Taiwan's chances of receiving an invitation to attend the World Health Assembly (WHA) in May are slim, but it will continue to do its best to rally international support, a Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) official said Monday.
  • Taiwan confirms 22 new COVID-19 cases, 21 of them from Navy ship (update) CNA 19 Apr 2020 -- Taiwan confirmed 22 new COVID-19 cases Sunday, 21 of which involved people on a military ship that sailed to Taiwan's Pacific ally Palau in March, according to the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC).
  • Social distancing the new norm with vaccine far away: Taiwan VP CNA 19 Apr 2020 -- Vice President Chen Chien-jen (陳建仁), an epidemiologist by trade, feels social distancing will became a way of life amid the COVID-19 outbreak for at least another 18 months, the time it will take to develop a vaccine.
  • Navy apologizes for COVID-19 infections on ship, defends mission CNA 19 Apr 2020 -- Taiwan's Navy on Sunday apologized for a cluster infection of the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) on a goodwill mission in the Pacific, but it defended the mission and the preparations made.
  • Flights arranged to bring back 460 Taiwanese from Hubei CNA 19 Apr 2020 -- A new round of flights have been arranged for the coming days to bring back 460 Taiwanese nationals and family members who have been stuck in Hubei province in China because of the new coronavirus outbreak since late January.
  • Power vacuum left by U.S. in region could tempt China: analyst CNA 19 Apr 2020 -- China might take advantage of the power vacuum in the region following the halt of overseas movements by the United States military, but a military offensive against Taiwan is unlikely, according to a Taiwanese defense analyst.
  • DPP 'behind Taiwan ghostwriters' Global Times 19 Apr 2020 -- Since early April, World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus suffered cyber violence on social media networks and his Twitter account is now still filled with sarcastic and abusive comments with a considerable number originating in Taiwan.
  • Taiwan Quarantines More Than 700 Navy Personnel After Three Sailors Contract COVID-19 Sputnik 18 Apr 2020 -- More than 700 Taiwanese Navy sailors have been quarantined after three individuals who took part in a recent operation tested positive for COVID-19, Taiwan's Minister of Health and Welfare Chen Shih-chung said at a press conference on Saturday.
  • Military chief in 'self-health management' after COVID-19 cases CNA 18 Apr 2020 -- Chief of the General Staff Huang Shu-kuang (黃曙光) will be required to manage his health after three cadets were confirmed Saturday with COVID-19 after returning from a mission to Palau, according to the Ministry of National Defense.
  • Taiwan confirms 3 new cases of COVID-19, in military: CECC CNA 18 Apr 2020 -- Three new cases of the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) were confirmed in Taiwan on Saturday, all of whom were naval cadets who had spent time on a military ship, according to the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC).
  • Most COVID-19 patients in Taiwan only experience light symptoms: CECC CNA 18 Apr 2020 -- Seven in 10 confirmed COVID-19 patients in Taiwan to date have only experienced light symptoms, and a slight majority of the infected have been female, according to the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) on Saturday.
  • New self-quarantine rules for returnees from Southeast Asia: CECC CNA 18 Apr 2020 -- Taiwanese citizens and foreign residents returning from Southeast Asia will soon be required to self-quarantine at designated hotels, depending on their home-living arrangements, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) said Saturday.
  • Timeline: COVID-19 in Taiwan CNA 18 Apr 2020
  • WHO praises Taiwan on COVID-19, but no change on participation issue CNA 18 Apr 2020 -- An official of the World Health Organization (WHO) on Friday openly praised Taiwan for its handling of the novel coronavirus outbreak but reiterated the agency's position on Taiwan's participation.
  • Taiwan records no new COVID-19 cases for third time this week CNA 17 Apr 2020 -- Taiwan reported no new daily confirmed cases of the COVID-19 coronavirus for a second consecutive day Friday and also for the third time this week, keeping the total number of those infected in the country at 395, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) said that day.
  • Medical mask deliveries to pharmacies on Sundays to end: CECC CNA 17 Apr 2020 -- Medical face masks will no longer be delivered to National Health Insurance Administration-contracted pharmacies or local government health centers on Sundays, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) said Friday.
  • How an online post forewarned Taiwan about COVID-19 CNA 17 Apr 2020 -- When a warning of a mysterious virus sent by a whistleblowing Chinese doctor began filtering out of China at the end of 2019, it marked the starting point of the public phase of the COVID-19 epidemic.
  • U.S. military plane spotted again near Taiwan's airspace CNA 17 Apr 2020 -- A United States military reconnaissance plane was reported flying near Taiwan's southern airspace Friday morning, the ninth time U.S. military aircraft have been observed operating near Taiwan in April.
  • Penghu coast guard chases off illegal Chinese sand dredgers CNA 17 Apr 2020 -- More than 40 Chinese vessels were chased from Taiwan's territorial waters Friday after they were found illegally dredging sea sand, the Penghu coast guard said.
  • Taiwan warns against nationals working for CPC-affiliated agencies CNA 17 Apr 2020 -- Taiwan warned Friday of legal action against Taiwanese citizens working for China-based media outlets with links to the Communist Party of China (CPC), after an incident that came to light at a recent White House news briefing.
  • Taiwan DPP exploiting COVID-19 to attack WHO 'doomed to fail' Global Times 17 Apr 2020 -- The Taiwan Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) authority has targeted the World Health Organization (WHO), seeking "Taiwan independence" by using the COVID-19 pandemic. Such an attempt is doomed to fail, the Taiwan Affairs Office of the State Council said, following the Taiwan authority's accusation that the WHO "refused to act" on an email it sent four months ago concerning the possible human-to-human transmission of COVID-19.
  • Mainland condemns Taiwan's DPP authority for using COVID-19 to seek independence People's Daily 17 Apr 2020 -- A Chinese mainland spokesperson Friday denounced the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) authority in Taiwan for taking advantage of the COVID-19 pandemic to seek independence.
  • Tsai details Taiwan's battle against COVID-19 in Time 100 special issue CNA 16 Apr 2020 -- An article by Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) was included in a special issue published by Time Magazine on Thursday that asked over 50 TIME 100 honorees for their insights on the challenges the world faces navigating the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Taiwan reports no new COVID-19 cases for second time this week: CECC CNA 16 Apr 2020 -- Taiwan, for the second time this week, reported no new cases of the COVID-19 coronavirus, thus keeping the total number of those infected in the country at 395, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) said Thursday.
  • Taiwan hospital discusses virus control with 8 Latin American nations CNA 16 Apr 2020 -- National Taiwan University Hospital (NTUT) held discussions Wednesday with eight Latin American countries via video conferencing to share Taiwan's experience in fighting the COVID-19 coronavirus disease, according to the foreign ministry.
  • Taiwan donates rain suits to alleviate serious PPE shortage in Japan CNA 16 Apr 2020 -- A Taiwanese doctor living in Japan has arranged a donation of over 10,000 disposable rain suits for use by front-line medical workers in Osaka, which is suffering from a shortage of personal protective equipment (PPE) as it battles the COVID-19 coronavirus.
  • Taiwan donates 2 million masks to Japan CNA 16 Apr 2020 -- Taiwan donated 2 million surgical face masks to Japan on Thursday to help its northern neighbor contain the spread of the coronavirus, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) said in a statement.
  • President urges Taiwan's full participation in WHO CNA 16 Apr 2020 -- President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) on Thursday rebutted a claim by the World Health Organization that it has been maintaining regular technical exchanges with Taiwan and reiterated the need for the country to have "comprehensive" participation in the health body.
  • Taiwan adds two new COVID-19 cases, total at 395 CNA 15 Apr 2020 -- Two new cases of the COVID-19 coronavirus disease were confirmed in Taiwan on Wednesday, both of them individuals who recently returned to Taiwan from the United States, according to the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC).
  • Gov't considering mandatory virus tests for certain travelers CNA 15 Apr 2020 -- Although the COVID-19 coronavirus is currently at a "controllable" level in Taiwan, precluding the need for universal testing, the government is considering mandating tests for all travelers returning from certain high risk locations overseas, Deputy Health Minister Hsueh Jui-yuan (薛瑞元) said Wednesday.
  • Taiwan develops fast, accurate coronavirus test kit CNA 15 Apr 2020 -- Taiwan researchers have developed a new nucleic acid test kit for the virus that causes the COVID-19 disease, and it can produce results in an hour, with 90 percent accuracy, the Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI) said Wednesday.
  • Taiwan donation of 300,000 masks arrives in Philippines CNA 15 Apr 2020 -- A shipment of 300,000 surgical face masks donated by Taiwan to the Philippines arrived in the capital Manila on Wednesday to help the neighboring country fight the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.
  • Taiwan preparing for M1A2T tanks with help from U.S.: army CNA 15 Apr 2020 -- Taiwan has begun to prepare to train personnel and set up training facilities for the 108 M1A2T Abrams tanks the United States is to deliver to Taiwan from 2023 to 2026, Taiwan's Ministry of National Defense (MND) said Wednesday.
  • U.S. military aircraft spotted near southern Taiwan CNA 15 Apr 2020 -- A United States military reconnaissance plane was reported flying near Taiwan's southern airspace Wednesday morning, marking the 12th time in the past three weeks U.S. military aircraft have been spotted operating near Taiwan.
  • Minister directs China Airlines to better publicize Taiwan's image CNA 15 Apr 2020 -- Transportation Minister Lin Chia-lung (林佳龍) said Wednesday that he has directed Taiwan-based China Airlines (CAL) to find ways to better highlight the country's image, amid public calls for the airline's name to be changed .
  • WHO counters Taiwan ad saying it is isolated from world health body CNA 15 Apr 2020 -- Responding to an ad arguing that Taiwan has been isolated from the World Health Organization (WHO), the world health body said Tuesday it has maintained regular technical exchanges with Taiwanese health authorities over several decades.
  • WHO's list of ways it interacts with Taiwan CNA 15 Apr 2020 -- The World Health Organization (WHO) issued a statement Tuesday in response to a crowdfunded ad that Taiwan is isolated from the world health body.
  • Milk Tea Alliance Takes on China's Little Pinks in Meme War Radio Free Asia 15 Apr 2020 -- Social media users from Thailand, Taiwan and Hong Kong have taken to Twitter in recent days to hit back at China's "Little Pink" nationalists, who started trolling Thai users after an online altercation with Thai actor Vachirawat Cheevaari (known as Bright) and his girlfriend Weeraya Sukaram.
  • Taiwan records no new COVID-19 cases, total kept at 393 CNA 14 Apr 2020 -- Taiwan recorded no new cases of the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) for the first time in 36 days on Tuesday, keeping the total at 393 since the pandemic began late last year, according to the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC).
  • CECC sets new self-quarantine rules for returning Taiwanese, residents CNA 14 Apr 2020 -- Taiwan citizens and other residents returning from Europe or the Americas will soon be required to self-quarantine at designated hotels, depending on their home circumstances, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) said Tuesday.
  • 300,000 masks being donated by Taiwan to Philippines (update) CNA 14 Apr 2020 -- Taiwan's government is donating 300,000 face masks to the Philippines as part of its new pledge to give 6 million masks to regional countries to help them fight the new coronavirus pandemic.
  • Mask donation from Taiwan reaches United Kingdom CNA 14 Apr 2020 -- Face masks donated by Taiwan arrived in the United Kingdom on Monday, where they will be transferred to the National Healthcare Service (NHS) for distribution to front-line medical personnel, according to Taiwan's U.K. representative office.
  • 214 Taiwanese from China's Hubei Province released from quarantine CNA 14 Apr 2020 -- A total of 214 Taiwanese nationals who returned to Taiwan in late March after being stranded in the Chinese province of Hubei completed their 14-day quarantine Tuesday.
  • U.S. aircraft spotted near Taiwan as Chinese navy conducts training CNA 14 Apr 2020 -- An American anti-submarine and maritime surveillance aircraft was spotted south of Taiwan Tuesday morning, close to where a Chinese aircraft carrier battle group is engaged in a training exercise, according to Aircraft Spots, a military air movement tracker.
  • Premier offers support for China Airlines name change CNA 14 Apr 2020 -- Premier Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌) on Tuesday said he supports changing the name of national carrier China Airlines (CAL) to make clear that the airline represents Taiwan, though he noted the complexities involved in such a change mean it could likely only be accomplished in the long term.
  • COVID-19 Cases Near Zero in Taiwan, But Restrictions Remain VOA 13 Apr 2020 -- Taiwan is reporting just one to six new COVID-19 cases per day. Schools, offices and restaurants are operating all but normally. But the island's government is expected to wait until the global pandemic improves before easing restrictions that have helped contain the spread of the virus but hurt a big swathe of the economy.
  • Taiwan confirms 5 new COVID-19 cases, all infected abroad CNA 13 Apr 2020 -- Five new cases of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) were confirmed in Taiwan on Monday, all of which contracted the disease overseas, according to the latest update on the outbreak from the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC).
  • Public health experts call for expanded testing of COVID-19 antibody CNA 13 Apr 2020 -- Taiwan public health experts called Monday for expanded testing to identify people with antibodies for the COVID-19 coronavirus so that they can safely go to work where they are needed.
  • Taiwan's ban on mask exports to be extended until end of June CNA 13 Apr 2020 -- Taiwan will extend its ban on exports of surgical masks and continue its requisition of factories that produce surgical masks until the end of June, from the original deadline of April 30, the health minister announced Monday.
  • 153 Taiwanese from Wuhan released from quarantine CNA 13 Apr 2020 -- A total of 153 Taiwan nationals evacuated from Hubei Province, the coronavirus epicenter in China, in late March completed their 14-day quarantine Monday morning.
  • Rapid diagnostic test for COVID-19 to go into production in July CNA 13 Apr 2020 -- A rapid diagnostic test for COVID-19 developed by Taiwan's Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI) is scheduled to go into production in July, a Taiwanese official said Monday.
  • U.S. military aircraft fly south of Taiwan after PLA training mission CNA 13 Apr 2020 -- Two United States military aircraft were reported close to Taiwan's southern airspace on Monday, one day after the Ministry of National Defense (MND) confirmed a Chinese aircraft carrier battle group sailed east of the country.
  • Taiwan developing military-use powered suit for production in 2023 CNA 13 Apr 2020 -- Taiwan's military is planning to spend millions of dollars to design and build its own military-use powered exoskeleton suit that is expected to begin production in 2023, according to the Defense Ministry's budget proposal for fiscal year 2020.
  • Taiwan's WHO Ambitions Get Boost from Coronavirus Success VOA 13 Apr 2020 -- Taiwan's long-running campaign for a role in the World Health Organization is getting fresh backing in response to its successful handling of the coronavirus pandemic, which has included assistance to other suffering nations.
  • Taiwan confirms 3 new COVID-19 cases CNA 12 Apr 2020 -- Taiwan on Sunday reported three new cases of COVID-19 coronavirus, two imported and one indigenous, bringing the total number in the country to 388 since the disease outbreak began at the end of December, according to the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC).
  • Taiwan-Singapore talks on mask donation still on track: MOFA CNA 12 Apr 2020 -- Taiwan's foreign ministry said Sunday that discussions on a donation of surgical face to Singapore are still in progress between the two countries, despite the apparent reservations expressed by Singapore's first lady.
  • U.S., China stepping up military messaging amid pandemic: analysts CNA 12 Apr 2020 -- Media visibility and direct messaging could be the motives behind the frequent appearances of Chinese and American military assets near Taiwan, especially as they are both struggling with the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, according to analysts in Taiwan.
  • Chinese aircraft carrier group no cause for public worry: Presidential Office CNA 12 Apr 2020 -- Presidential Office spokesman Ting Yun-kung (丁允恭) said Sunday the public has no need to worry about their country's safety and security, as a Chinese aircraft carrier battle group sailed east of Taiwan the same day.
  • Taiwan confirms 3 new COVID-19 cases, all imported CNA 11 Apr 2020 -- Taiwan on Saturday reported three new cases of COVID-19 coronavirus, all classified as imported, bringing the total number in the country to 385 since the disease outbreak began at the end of December, according to the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC).
  • Taiwan, Turkey institutes discuss joint efforts to combat COVID-19 CNA 11 Apr 2020 -- Taiwan's Academia Sinica said Saturday that it has been in discussions with researchers from Turkey on possible collaborative efforts to fight the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.
  • U.S. military assets seen near Taiwan Friday, Saturday CNA 11 Apr 2020 -- An American guided missile warship and two reconnaissance military aircraft have been operating near Taiwan over the past two days, after Chinese warplanes showed up in the area, Taiwan's Ministry of National Defense (MND) confirmed Saturday.
  • Taiwan reveals email, blasts WHO for possible 'dereliction of duty' CNA 11 Apr 2020 -- Following the World Health Organization's (WHO's) rejection of Taiwan's claims that it had warned the global health body that the novel coronavirus may be transmitted from human to human, Taiwan's government on Saturday revealed the contents of the disputed Dec. 31 email, blasting the WHO for possible "dereliction of duty."
  • China refutes U.S. comments on WHO, Taiwan as "fact-distorting" People's Daily 11 Apr 2020 -- A Chinese spokesman on Friday said a U.S. official's "fact-distorting" comments concerning the World Health Organization (WHO) and Taiwan were politically motivated to shift the blame and will only damage the credibility, image and interests of the United States.
  • Taiwan confirms 2 new cases of COVID-19 and one death CNA 10 Apr 2020 -- Two new cases of the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) and one death were confirmed in Taiwan on Friday, bringing the total to 382 since the pandemic began late last year, according to the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC).
  • Mask donation from Taiwan reaches Central America CNA 10 Apr 2020 -- Foreign Minister Joseph Wu (吳釗燮) on Friday announced that face masks from Taiwan have arrived in the nation's diplomatic allies in Central America, emphasizing the Taiwanese people are "proud" to extend a helping hand at this difficult time.
  • Crowd management enforced at scenic and popular areas: CECC CNA 10 Apr 2020 -- Crowd measurement measures are to be introduced at scenic and popular areas around Taiwan starting Friday, in an effort to slow down the spread of the new coronavirus COVID-19 disease, according to the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC).
  • U.S., Chinese military aircraft fly near Taiwan's airspace CNA 10 Apr 2020 -- A United States military reconnaissance aircraft was reported flying near Taiwan's southern airspace Friday, the same day the Ministry of National Defense (MND) confirmed Chinese warplanes were monitored southwest of the country.
  • Chinese PLA holds 'regular' drills near Taiwan in preparation for military struggle: experts Global Times 10 Apr 2020-- The Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) reportedly held military drills featuring warplanes near the island of Taiwan on Friday, and such drills, having taken place at least four times since the traditional Spring Festival holiday in January, have become regular and are now a part of military struggle preparations against the island, mainland experts said on Friday.
  • Taiwan Finds Fake Twitter Accounts Tweeting Apologies From 'Taiwanese' to WHO Chief Radio Free Asia 10 Apr 2020 -- Investigators in Taiwan say they have found a number of fake Twitter accounts linked to China posting fake apologies to World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, who has accused the democratic island of involvement in a series of personal and racist attacks against him.
  • Chinese netizens pose as Taiwanese to 'apologize' to WHO chief CNA 10 Apr 2020 -- Taiwan's Ministry of Justice Investigation Bureau said Friday that Chinese posing online as Taiwanese are behind an online campaign to apologize to World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, who on Wednesday accused Taiwan of involvement in a series of personal attacks against him.
  • US politically motivated to criticize WHO ignoring Taiwan: Chinese FM Global Times 10 Apr 2020-- The US State Department's claim that the US is "deeply disturbed Taiwan's information was withheld from the global health community" is not fact and is politically motivated to shift focus and blame, which does nothing to ease the COVID-19 outbreak in the US and only undermines its credibility, Chinese Foreign Ministry said on Friday.
  • DPP cannot contain COVID-19 in Taiwan by slandering mainland: spokesperson Global Times 10 Apr 2020-- The Taiwan Affairs Office of the State Council on Friday denounced Taiwan's separatist Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) for attacking and slandering the Chinese mainland and Taiwan firms and compatriots in the mainland instead of focusing on its burning issues: containing the spread of COVID-19 in the island and tackling local people's practical needs.
  • Chinese mainland condemns Taiwan for racist attack aimed at WHO leader Global Times 10 Apr 2020-- Chinese mainland condemned Taiwan's separatist Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) for making racist comments online against the World Health Organization's (WHO) director-general. The Taiwan party was also accused of using COVID-19 as a political trick to undermine the one-China principle and join the WHO, which is doomed to fail, according to a spokesperson with the Taiwan Affairs Office of the State Council.
  • Chinese mainland condemns DPP's "malicious" verbal attacks on WHO People's Daily 10 Apr 2020 -- A Chinese mainland spokesperson Thursday strongly condemned the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) authority in Taiwan for its "malicious" verbal attacks on the World Health Organization (WHO) and its director-general.
  • China slams Taiwan 'venomous' attack on WHO as US takes side with Taipei in coronavirus row Press TV 10 Apr 2020 -- China and the United State have clashed again over Taiwan as Beijing joined the World Health Organization (WHO) in a row over the coronavirus outbreak, but Washington took sides with the self-ruled island.
  • Chinese mainland suspends allowing students to pursue higher education in Taiwan People's Daily 10 Apr 2020 -- The Chinese mainland has decided to suspend allowing graduates at schools of all levels to further their study in Taiwan in 2020, the Ministry of Education (MOE) said Thursday.
  • China condemns personal attacks against WHO Director-General People's Daily 10 Apr 2020 -- A spokesperson for Chinese Foreign Ministry said Thursday that China strongly condemns personal attacks and racist words and deeds against WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.
  • Taiwan reports 1 new case of COVID-19; closes hostess clubs CNA 09 Apr 2020 -- Taiwan confirmed only one indigenous case of the COVID-19 coronavirus on Thursday and at the same time issued a temporary ban on hostess clubs, saying they are high-risk venues for the spread of the disease.
  • Taiwan gives 400,000 masks to U.S. under cooperation arrangement CNA 09 Apr 2020 -- A batch of 400,000 surgical face masks was handed over to the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) on Wednesday, the first part of Taiwan's pledged donation of 100,000 masks per week, under a joint effort with the U.S. to fight the COVID-19 coronavirus, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) said Thursday.
  • Pompeo thanks Taiwan for face mask donations CNA 09 Apr 2020 -- United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo thanked Taiwan Wednesday for its pledge to donate 2 million surgical face masks to his country and praised it as a global model for combating the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.
  • Taiwan to donate 6 million masks to countries in Asia, Europe, Americas CNA 09 Apr 2020 -- The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) said Thursday that Taiwan has launched another round of donations of surgical face masks to countries severely affected by the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, including some listed in its New Southbound Policy, European nations, and countries in Latin America and the Caribbean.
  • Taiwan adds three COVID-19 cases, totals at 379 People's Daily 09 Apr 2020 -- The total number of novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases in Taiwan has increased by three to 379, the island's epidemic monitoring agency said Wednesday.
  • Tsai invites WHO chief to Taiwan amid 'attack campaign' controversy CNA 09 Apr 2020 -- President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) on Thursday invited World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus to visit Taiwan amid growing controversy over his claim the day before that Taiwan is behind a campaign of personal attacks against him.
  • WHO chief must apologize for accusations against Taiwan: MOFA CNA 09 Apr 2020 -- The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) on Thursday criticized "baseless" claims by World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Tedros Ghebreyesus that Taiwan is behind a campaign of personal attacks against him and demanded an apology from him.
  • Taiwan Hits Back at 'Racism' Claims From WHO Chief, Invites Him to Visit Radio Free Asia 09 Apr 2020 -- Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen has hit out at accusations from the head of the World Health Organization (WHO) that the democratic island's government had instigated "racist attacks" in the international community.
  • Taiwan Hits Back at WHO Chief for Saying He Received 'Racist' Comments Sputnik 09 Apr 2020 -- Earlier, the World Health Organisation's chief claimed that he has been subject to racial abuse from Taiwanese officials.
  • Taiwan details aid to Ethiopia in wake of WHO head criticism CNA 09 Apr 2020 -- Following accusations by the World Health Organization (WHO) chief that Taiwan has been behind racially abusive attacks made against him over the past three months amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Taiwan's government responded Thursday by detailing its aid to Ethiopia.
  • MOE suspends Taiwan education programs for mainland students Global Times 09 Apr 2020 -- China's Ministry of Education (MOE) announced on Thursday the Chinese mainland would suspend all programs and work that involves sending mainland students to study in Taiwan, given the state of the COVID-19 pandemic and current cross-Straits relations.
  • Taiwan adds 3 new cases of COVID-19, total at 379 CNA 08 Apr 2020 -- Three new cases of the COVID-19 coronavirus were confirmed in Taiwan on Wednesday, bringing the total in the country to 379 since the pandemic began late last year, according to the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC).
  • Tsai, Abe pledge to jointly battle COVID-19 CNA 08 Apr 2020 -- President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) and Japanese Prime Minister Abe Shinzo exchanged messages of encouragement on Twitter on Tuesday and Wednesday, amid the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak, and pledged to work closely together to defeat the pandemic.
  • CECC introduces stricter home quarantine, isolation measures CNA 08 Apr 2020 -- Anyone who breaks home quarantine and isolation rules by gathering at the home of someone who be could potentially infected with the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) will henceforth be fined, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) said Wednesday.
  • Taiwan's government requisitions domestic N95 mask capacity CNA 08 Apr 2020 -- Taiwan's government has decided to requisition 3 million N95 masks per month - the country's total monthly output - to ensure a stable supply for medical workers amid the global COVID-19 pandemic, a Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) official said Wednesday.
  • Taiwanese can send face masks to overseas relatives starting Thursday CNA 08 Apr 2020 -- Taiwanese nationals will be able to send up to 30 face masks every two months to their spouse or close overseas relatives starting Thursday.
  • Mirage fighters based in Northern Taiwan to be temporarily relocated CNA 08 Apr 2020 -- Most of the Mirage 2000-5 fighter jets based at the Hsinchu air base will be temporarily moved to another location for about two years due to scheduled runway maintenance, Defense Minister Yen De-fa (嚴德發) said Wednesday.
  • 70 percent of fake COVID-19 news from China: Investigation Bureau CNA 08 Apr 2020 -- Taiwan has detected a growing number of cases of disinformation related to the COVID-19 pandemic since late February, of which more than 70 percent originated from China, according to a recent Ministry of Justice Investigation Bureau (MJIB) briefing.
  • Taiwan confirms 3 new cases of COVID-19, total at 376 CNA 07 Apr 2020 -- Three new cases of the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) were confirmed in Taiwan on Tuesday, bringing the total in the country to 376 since the pandemic began late last year, according to the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC).
  • Taiwan to donate over 1 million masks to New Southbound countries CNA 07 Apr 2020 -- Taiwan is planning to donate another round of surgical face masks overseas, this time with over a million pieces going to several countries targeted by the government's New Southbound Policy (NSP), as well as other countries, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) announced Tuesday.
  • Taiwan confirms 10 new cases of COVID-19, total at 373 (update) CNA 06 Apr 2020 -- Ten new cases of the COVID-19 coronavirus disease were confirmed in Taiwan on Monday, bringing the total in the country to 373 since the pandemic began late last year, according to the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC).
  • Taiwan to enforce masks for vendors, service, hospitality staff: CECC CNA 06 Apr 2020 -- All vendors and service providers who deal with customers will be required to wear surgical masks, with enforced regulations to be revealed at a later date, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) said Monday.
  • Taiwan confirms 8 new cases of COVID-19, bringing total to 363 CNA 05 Apr 2020 -- Eight new cases of the COVID-19 coronavirus disease were confirmed in Taiwan on Sunday, bringing the total in the country to 363 since the pandemic began late last year, according to the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC).
  • Further self-health management needed after home quarantine: CECC CNA 05 Apr 2020 -- Everyone who completes mandatory 14-day home quarantine must now undergo an additional seven days of self-health management, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) said Sunday, amid increasing concern over asymptomatic cases.
  • Premier urges social distancing during coronavirus pandemic CNA 05 Apr 2020 -- Premier Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌) on Sunday reminded people of the need to wear masks and maintain proper social distancing when outdoors in accordance with the country's measures to combat the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
  • Infection source in domestic transmission case likely identified: CECC CNA 05 Apr 2020 -- A likely source of infection has been identified for a domestically infected COVID-19 patient who was confirmed on Saturday, the Central Epidemic Command Center said Sunday.
  • Taiwan adds 7 new cases of COVID-19, total up to 355 CNA 04 Apr 2020 -- Seven new cases of the COVID-19 coronavirus disease were confirmed in Taiwan on Saturday, bringing the total in the country to 355 since the pandemic began late last year, according to the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC).
  • 2 more European tour group members confirmed with COVID-19 CNA 04 Apr 2020 -- Two more members of a 17-person tour group to Austria and the Czech Republic were confirmed as having contracted the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) Saturday, bringing the group's cluster infections to eight, the Central Epidemic Control Center (CECC) said that day.
  • Taipei to make mask wearing compulsory in all government facilities CNA 04 Apr 2020 -- All members of the public must wear a face mask when visiting government facilities and offices in Taipei from April 9, or be turned away, the city government announced Saturday.
  • Two Czech politicians thank Taiwan for donation CNA 04 Apr 2020 -- Two prominent political figures in the Czech Republic thanked Taiwan for its donation of medical equipment to fight the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, according to a video message posted by Taiwan's foreign ministry on its Facebook page Saturday.
  • U.S. State Dept. calls for Taiwan to receive WHA observer status CNA 04 Apr 2020 -- The United States State Department on Friday called for Taiwan to receive observer status in the World Health Assembly (WHA), and said Taiwan's model for fighting the COVID-19 coronavirus could benefit countries around the world.
  • Taiwan confirms 9 new cases of COVID-19, bringing total to 348 CNA 03 Apr 2020 -- Nine new cases of the COVID-19 coronavirus disease were confirmed in Taiwan on Friday, bringing the total in the country to 348 since the pandemic began late last year, according to the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC).
  • Centralized database key to COVID-19 control in Taiwan: study CNA 03 Apr 2020 -- An article posted on a U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website has highlighted the early steps Taiwan took to contain the spread of the new coronavirus disease in the country, especially its coordination and use of information.
  • U.S. National Security Council thanks Taiwan for pledged mask donations (update) CNA 03 Apr 2020 -- The United States White House National Security Council (NSC) on Thursday thanked Taiwan for its support in the fight against the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, in response to President Tsai Ing-wen's(蔡英文) announcement the previous day that Taiwan would donate 2 million surgical face masks to the U.S.
  • Fines for those who refuse to wear masks on public transport: CECC CNA 03 Apr 2020 -- All users of public transport will need to wear facial masks or risk a maximum fine of NT$15,000 (US$496), effective as of Friday, a top official from the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) said, as parts of efforts to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus.
  • Taiwan Competes with China through World Medical Diplomacy VOA 03 Apr 2020 -- Taiwan, widely watched from abroad for controlling the spread of COVID-19, started this week spreading medical aid to much harder-hit countries in a campaign that could help it stand up politically against its powerful rival China.
  • Hong Kong Journalists Under Pressure Over Taiwan WHO Reporting Radio Free Asia 03 Apr 2020 -- Hong Kong government broadcaster RTHK is under pressure from government officials after it aired an interview with a World Health Organization (WHO) official in which the interviewer touched on repeated calls from the democratic of island of Taiwan that it should be allowed to join as a member state.
  • Hong Kong Government Reprimands Public Broadcaster for WHO Interview About Taiwan VOA 03 Apr 2020 -- The Hong Kong government has criticized a public broadcaster for "breaching the One-China principle" after a reporter asked a World Health Organization official about Taiwan's eligibility to join the international body amid the coronavirus pandemic.
  • Taiwan adds 10 new COVID-19 cases, bringing total to 339 CNA 02 Apr 2020 -- Ten new cases of the COVID-19 coronavirus disease were confirmed in Taiwan Thursday, bringing the total in the country to 339 since the pandemic began late last year, according to the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC).
  • Europe, U.S. leaders thank Taiwan for mask donation pledge CNA 02 Apr 2020 -- Political leaders from Europe and the United States thanked Taiwan Wednesday for pledging to donate 10 million surgical face masks to help countries seriously affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Taiwan, Czech Republic forge partnership over COVID-19 CNA 02 Apr 2020 -- Taiwan and the Czech Republic has forged a partnership to contain the COVID-19 coronavirus epidemic, with efforts such as cooperation in the development and production of rapid tests and a possible vaccine, according to a joint statement issued by the two sides Wednesday.
  • Taiwan tightens control measures as COVID-19 patients total 329 People's Daily 02 Apr 2020 -- The total number of novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases in Taiwan has increased by seven to 329, the island's epidemic monitoring agency said Wednesday.
  • Taiwan Still Calls COVID-19 'Chinese Virus' but Trump Doesn't VOA 01 Apr 2020 -- Most of the world calls this year's deadly respiratory disease outbreak COVID-19 and attributes it to a novel coronavirus. When U.S. President Donald Trump described the virus last month as "Chinese" because of its origin, China fumed and Trump eventually dropped it.
  • Taiwan confirms seven more cases of COVID-19, total at 329 CNA 01 Apr 2020 -- Taiwan confirmed seven new cases of the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) on Wednesday, bringing the total to 329 in the country since the epidemic began, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) said.
  • Taiwan's COVID-19 relief package could reach NT$1.05 trillion CNA 01 Apr 2020 -- The government plans to provide NT$1.05 trillion (US$34.64 billion) in two phases of an economic relief package to give emergency aid to businesses and individuals hit by the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) said Wednesday.
  • Taiwan to donate 10 million masks to virus-affected countries (update) CNA 01 Apr 2020 -- Taiwan will donate 10 million face masks to countries that are being seriously affected by the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19), President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) said Wednesday.
  • 10 million masks to be donated to U.S., 11 European countries, allies CNA 01 Apr 2020 -- The 10 million surgical face masks Taiwan pledged to donate to countries seriously affected by the COVID-19 pandemic will be given to the United States, 11 European countries and 15 diplomatic allies, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) announced Wednesday.
  • Businesses unable to maintain social distancing should close: CECC CNA 01 Apr 2020 -- Business places at which effective social distancing cannot be maintained should close the premises temporarily to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus, Taiwan's Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) advised Wednesday.



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