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Daniel Hamilton: China, the WHO – and why it’s time to stand up for Taiwan

Conservative Home
Date: April 5, 2020
By: Daniel Hamilton

The global public health crisis sparked by coronavirus is unprecedented in its scale and voracity.  If there are any lessons that must be learned, even in this early stage of fighting the pandemic, it is the critical importance of countries, large and small, working together to share data, trends and best practice in R&D and clinical excellence.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has long been the subject of many criticisms as to its day-to-day management and efficacy and yet, when it comes to playing global role in  fighting coronavirus, it remains the only game in town.

For this reason, the repeated exclusion of Taiwan from the WHO’s deliberations as a result of pressure from the People’s Republic of China has ceased to be just another chapter  in a fratricidal war between two groups with a differing view of Chinese statehood and has now become a risk to international public health.

Since its first detection in the country in January, quick actions on the part of Taiwanese authorities have resulted in only three recorded deaths – a fact that healthcare experts put down to its robust cross-referencing of overseas travel and health records and robust quarantining of carriers.    [FULL  STORY]

Coast Guard airlifts injured man from container ship six miles from Bay Area

East Bay Times
Date: April 5, 2020

Bay City News

SAN FRANCISCO — A Taiwanese crewmember injured in a fall aboard a container ship about six miles from the Bay Area was airlifted Friday night to a hospital, the U.S. Coast Guard said.

The 32-year-old man had fallen and hit his head on the radar mast aboard the Yang Ming Unanimity, a 1092-foot container ship that was sailing to Japan, according to the Coast Guard.

A Coast Guard MH-65 Dolphin helicopter lowered a rescue basket and rescue swimmer, and then hoisted the injured man aboard and took him to Stanford University Medical Center in Palo Alto.

The man is listed in stable condition, the Coast Guard said Saturday.    [SOURCE]

8-year-old and her father donate 70 masks to police in N. Taiwan

Officers at local Keelung police station touched by young girl's words of gratitude

Taiwan News
Date: 2020/04/05
By: George Liao, Taiwan News, Staff Writer

(Keelung City Police Bureau photo)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — An eight-year-old girl and her father, surnamed Hu, donated 70 face masks to police in Keelung on Saturday (April 4).

Holding her father’s hand, the girl sheepishly walked into the Nuannuan Police Station, where they expressed their intention to donate the masks to police. “Thanks for the hard work. Look out for your safety, and be careful,” the girl said. Her words touched every police officer at the station, according to CNA.

As police are among those at higher risk of being exposed to the Wuhan coronavirus, face masks have become indispensable in their day-to-day operations.

Nuannuan Police Station chief Hsu Yong-huang (徐永煌) told CNA that Hu stood in line in front of the drugstore every week to purchase masks for his family members. Hsu thanked the man and his daughter for their generous donation.    [FULL  STORY]

Taoyuan airport passenger volume hits record low April 4

Focus Taiwan
Date: 04/05/2020
By: Wu Jui-chi and Evelyn Kao

The Departure Hall at Taoyuan International Airport.

Taipei, April 5 (CNA) Amid the the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, daily passenger volume at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport dropped to 961 Saturday, the lowest since the airport began commercial operations 41 years ago, the National Immigration Agency (NIA) said Sunday.

As COVID-19 continues to spread, 389 passengers departed from and 572 arrived at the country's main gateway on Saturday, the first time the daily number of passengers handled by the airport has fallen below 1,000, the NIA said.   [FULL  STORY]

Police find cannabis, make arrests

TWO CASES: A man in New Taipei City complained that officers who raided his home had a search warrant only to look for firearms, not for drugs, which they also found

Taipei Times
Date: Apr 06, 2020
By: Jason Pan / Staff reporter

Cannabis plants found during a police raid in Taoyuan’s Jhongli District are pictured yesterday.
Photo provided by Taoyuan City Police Department via CNA

Police over the weekend made arrests in two cannabis cases in Taoyuan and New Taipei City.

A man surnamed Chan (詹), 22, was found with about 100 cannabis plants and 200 cannabis seeds at a rented house in Taoyuan’s Jhongli District (中壢), Taoyuan City Police Department chief Chen Kuo-chin (陳國進) said yesterday.

A raid was conducted on Saturday, during which officers also found 400g of mixed synthetic drugs, Chen said, adding that a preliminary estimate valued the drugs at NT$1 million (US$32,995).Chan was tracked and put under surveillance after police received a tip that someone was selling cannabis online, while police records showed that he was wanted on separate charges for fraud and assault.    [FULL  STORY]

VIDEO: Taipei opens its first training center for flying drones

Radio Taiwan International
Date: 03 April, 2020
By: Shirley Lin

A Taipei high school opens first training center for flying drones

A Taipei high school opens first training center for flying drones[/caption] A Taipei high school has opened the city’s first center for training people to fly drones.

The COVID-19 pandemic has done little to dampen the excitement at Taipei’s Taibei Senior High School. Not only is the school open, it has also just launched Taipei’s first training center for flying unmanned aerial vehicles.

The school has even shown how drones can help keep the disease at bay. One drone shown off at a recent demonstration at the center broadcasts messages telling students to wear surgical masks, wash their hands frequently, and keep a safe distance apart from one another. The demonstration also included drones doing somersaults in the air.

One student at the school found flying a drone exciting but difficult. He thinks the technology is amazing.    [FULL  STORY]

Kowtowing to China on Taiwan and the Coronavirus

The Daily Signal
Date: April 03, 2020
By: Mike Gonzalez

China’s isolation of Taiwan, which has been exemplary in fighting COVID-19, is counterproductive as the world struggles during the coronavirus pandemic. Pictured: A couple embrace while waiting for a commuter train March 18 in downtown Taipei, Taiwan. (Photo: Paula Bronstein/Getty Images)

China’s isolation of Taiwan, which has been exemplary in fighting COVID-19, is counterproductive as the world struggles during the coronavirus pandemic. Pictured: A couple embrace while waiting for a commuter train March 18 in downtown Taipei, Taiwan. (Photo: Paula Bronstein/Getty Images)

China, where the new coronavirus first emerged, has reacted with the Chinese Communist Party’s trademark mix of obfuscation and truculence throughout the COVID-19 crisis. This week, this potent cocktail was again in evidence in the city of Hong Kong.

Beijing promised that Hong Kong, an international port and British creation that was a crown colony until London ceded it to China in 1997, would enjoy several freedoms for 50 years, including freedom of the press.

But China cried foul when a Hong Kong journalist used that freedom this week.

The journalist asked the assistant director-general of the World Health Organization, Bruce Aylward, to comment on how Taiwan has performed during the coronavirus crisis and whether WHO would reconsider Taiwan’s membership.    [FULL  STORY]

US National Security Council thanks Taiwan for pledged mask donations

In an act of solidarity, Taiwan to donate 2 million masks to the US to combat Wuhan coronavirus

Taiwan News
Date: 2020/04/03
By:  Central News Agency

Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen (CNA photo)

The United States National Security Council (NSC) on Thursday thanked Taiwan for its support in the fight against the Wuhan 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.

"We thank the people of Taiwan for their generous support and collaboration as we continue our fight against the coronavirus," the presidential advisory body tweeted.

The message was linked to a Reuters news story that detailed Taiwan's plan to spend an estimated NT$1.05 trillion (US$35 billion) to battle the coronavirus and to donate 10 million masks to countries seriously affected by the pandemic. The donation, which Tsai announced Wednesday (4/1), will allocate 2 million surgical masks to the U.S., 1 million to Taiwan's diplomatic allies, and 7 million to Europe, with 5.6 million going to nine EU member states and the remainder to the UK and Switzerland.

According to Taiwan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA), 100,000 masks per week will also be shipped to the U.S. under a bilateral epidemic prevention cooperation agreement. The donation pledges followed a large-scale effort in Taiwan to increase its mask production, which has grown from 3.2 million per day in early February to around 13 million at present.    [FULL  STORY]

Centralized database key to COVID-19 control in Taiwan: study

Focus Taiwan
Date: 04/03/2020
By: Chang Ming-hsuan and Elizabeth Hsu

People follow social distancing protocol in Taipei

Taipei, April 3 (CNA) 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.

"Of note, the centralized, real-time database of the country's national health insurance (NHI) helped support disease surveillance and case detection," said the essay, titled "Policy Decisions and Use of Information Technology to Fight 2019 Novel Coronavirus Disease, Taiwan."

The article, which appears on the U.S. CDC's "Emerging Infectious Diseases" journal and will be published in July, argued that the comprehensive response and innovative use of the NHI database by Taiwan's CDC effectively delayed and contained community transmission in Taiwan.

That was accomplished even as the number of confirmed cases surged in neighboring countries in Asia starting in mid-February, said the article written by a research team that included members of Taiwan's CDC.    [FULL  STORY]

Doctor warns of smoking dangers

EARLY DETECTION KEY: A doctor said that a common lung cancer often shows no symptoms in the early stages and recommends that smokers be checked for it

Taipei Times
Date:  Apr 04, 2020
By: Chen Chien-chih and Dennis Xie / Staff reporter, with staff wr

A man lights a cigarette on in Pingtung County on Feb. 29. Warning: Smoking can damage your health.
Photo: Chiu Chih-jou, Taipei Time

A woman in her 50s who does not smoke was diagnosed with lung cancer after inhaling secondhand smoke from her husband and son, a doctor said on Thursday, urging people to be mindful of the dangers of secondhand smoke.

Asia University Hospital doctor Liu Po-yi (劉柏毅) said a woman, surnamed Lee (李), was diagnosed with lung adenocarcinoma after she sought treatment following two weeks of excessive coughing.

For more than 30 years, cancer has been the leading cause of death in Taiwan, with lung cancer claiming the most lives over the past decade, Liu said, citing data from the Ministry of Health and Welfare.

Clinical statistics show that people with lung adenocarcinoma are predominantly non-smokers, and the average age of patients is decreasing, Liu added.    [FULL  STORY]