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Taiwan budgets US$3 million to double mask production

Radio Taiwan International Date: 27 February, 2020 By: Jake Chen Taiwan’s government will invest NT$90 million (nearly US$3 million) in a bid to double the nation’s production of surgical face masks. That’s the word on Thursday from Cabinet Spokesperson Kolas Yotaka. She said the goal is to ensure that there will be enough masks to go around in the event that they are needed.  Demand has skyrocketed following the global outbreak of COVID-19.…

Reports: China’s first COVID-19 patient not linked to seafood market

UPI Date: Feb. 27, 2020 By: Elizabeth Shim Feb. 27 (UPI) — Chinese authorities said the first known patient of the new coronavirus in Wuhan had no connection to Huanan Seafood Market, which authorities have previously said is ground zero for COVID-19, according to Taiwanese press reports. Eastern Broadcasting Co. and Liberty Times reported Thursday that China's first patient had shown symptoms of COVID-19 as early as Dec. 8. Chinese authorities have previously said…

630 Taiwanese students stuck in China, Hong Kong and Macau because of coronavirus

Ministry of Education will organize exams for students in China Taiwan News Date: 2020/02/27 By: Matthew Strong, Taiwan News, Staff Writer TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Even though classes at primary and elementary schools resumed Tuesday (Feb. 25), an estimated 630 Taiwanese students have not returned because they are stuck in China, Hong Kong or Macau due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, the Ministry of Education said Thursday (Feb. 27). Only when the spread…

Taiwan gearing up for clinical trials of remdesivir in March

Focus Taiwan Date: 02/27/2020 By: Chen Wei-ting, Chang Ching-feng and Evelyn Kao Taipei, Feb. 27 (CNA) American drug maker Gilead Sciences is expanding clinical trials of its investigational antiviral drug, remdesivir, for the treatment of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) into several Asian countries outside China, including Taiwan, in March, according to a statement issued by the biotechnology company. From March, the trials assessing remdesivir in 1,000 hospitalized COVID-19 patients will mainly be…

Virus Outbreak: Dajia Matsu Pilgrimage is postponed

COMPLICATED SITUATION: The head of the Jenn Lann Temple said that he could not have unilaterally canceled the event, as it involves many people and other temples Taipei Times Date: Feb 28, 2020 By: Shelley Shan  /  Staff reporter The annual Dajia Matsu Pilgrimage has been postponed to comply with government measures aimed at preventing the spread of COVID-19, Jenn Lann Temple (鎮瀾宮) chairman Yen Ching-biao (顏清標) said yesterday, after sparking criticism on…

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Central Epidemic Command Center upgraded to Level 1

Radio Taiwan International Date: 27 February, 2020 By}: Paula Chao The government has upgraded the Central Epidemic Command Center to Level 1, which is the highest level. That’s to better coordinate efforts and resources to contain the new coronavirus COVID-19. Taiwan has 32 confirmed…

Taipei to start uncrewed bus road testing in May

DRIVERLESS: Autonomous vehicles are a solution to a shortage of nighttime bus drivers, officials said, with tests being conducted on Xinyi’s dedicated bus lanes Taipei Times Date: Feb 28, 2020 By: Tsai Ya-hua and Jake Chung  /  Staff reporter, with staff writer The…

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Army chemical unit playing important role in COVID-19 fight: Tsai

Radio Taiwan International Date: 27 February, 2020 By: Paula Chao President Tsai Ing-wen on Thursday lauded the army’s chemical unit for playing an important role in curbing the spread of the new coronavirus COVID-19. Tsai’s comments came during a visit to the unit in northern Taiwan. Taiwan has recorded 32 confirmed…

US must commit to defend Taiwan

The Hill Date: 02/27/20 By: Joseph Bosco, Opinion Contributor Should Xi Jinping be quaking in his boots at the prospect that Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) might become president? Sanders just stated emphatically that he would “absolutely” use military force if China attacks Taiwan. That is an (almost) unprecedented  expression of strategic clarity on the U.S. commitment…

Taiwan to churn out 12 million masks a day by mid-March

Taiwan to ramp up production of surgical masks to over 12 million per day by mid-March to battle Wuhan coronavirus Taiwan News Date: 2020/02/27 By: Keoni Everington, Taiwan News, Staff Writer TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — As panic buying of face masks continues to grip Taiwan over the Wuhan coronavirus, Taiwan's…

High Court finds fugitive S Korean academic guilty

Taipei Times Date: Feb 28, 2020 By: Jason Pan  /  Staff reporter The High Court yesterday found fugitive South Korean academic Park Jae-kyung guilty of sexual harassment, upholding a ruling by the Taipei District Court, which came with a 14-month sentence. Park fled Taiwan last year when his travel restrictions…