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Omicron BA.4, BA.5 could start Taiwan's next wave in 'several months': CECC

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Amid the detection of the first imported cases of the Omicron subvariants BA.4 and BA.5, a Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) official estimated that these strains wil...

N.Korea nuclear threat tops agenda for Biden-Yoon meeting in S.Korea

SEOUL, May 21 (Reuters) - U.S. President Joe Biden and his new South Korean counterpart will search for ways on Saturday to break a diplomatic stalemate with North Korea, as they worry Kim Jong Un cou...

Taiwan to decide in 10 days on shortened quarantine for overseas arrivals

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) on Wednesday (April 27) stated that it will consider shortening the quarantine for arriving passengers and crew members if no ne...

Taiwan's 10-day quarantine for overseas arrivals stays in effect

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Although the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) on Monday (April 25) announced a reduced home isolation period for contacts of COVID cases in Taiwan, it stated that it...

Nearly 86% of U.S. COVID caused by BA.2 Omicron subvariant -CDC

The BA.2 Omicron subvariant of the coronavirus is now responsible for 86% of U.S. COVID-19 cases and more than 90% of infections in the Northeast, according to data on Tuesday from the U.S. Centers fo...

EXPLAINER: Why US inflation is so high, and when it may ease

WASHINGTON (AP) — Another month, another four-decade high for inflation. For the 12 months that ended in March, consumer prices rocketed 8.5%. That was the fastest year-over-year jum...

Taiwan's daily cases to hit 1,000 per day by end of April: Chen

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) head Chen Shih-chung (陳時中) predicts that Taiwan will see 1,000 daily COVID cases by the end of April, and the command center is work...

WHO: COVID deaths jump by 40%, but cases falling globally

GENEVA (AP) — The number of people killed by the coronavirus surged by more than 40% last week, likely due to changes in how COVID-19 deaths were reported across the Americas and by newly adjusted fig...

Macy's Q4 results tops analysts' estimates, completes review

NEW YORK (AP) — Macy's offered an upbeat outlook on Tuesday after reporting strong quarterly results that exceeded Wall Street estimates despite a slew of challenges from inflation to supply chain clo...

Taiwan unveils potential mRNA vaccine for all COVID variants including Omicron

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Taiwan's top research institution is working on an mRNA vaccine that it claims targets the Omicron variant of COVID-19 and is effective against other variants after su...

EXPLAINER: Why US inflation is so high, and when it may ease

WASHINGTON (AP) — Last year, it was a nasty surprise. And it wasn't supposed to last. But now, inflation has become an ongoing financial strain for millions of Americans filling up at the gas station,...

New Zealand PM warns of more COVID variants in 2022

The COVID-19 pandemic will not end with the Omicron variant and New Zealand will have to prepare for more variants of the virus this year, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said on Tuesday in her first pa...

Union Pacific Q4 profit up 24% despite weak rail volume

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Union Pacific hauled in 24% more profit in the fourth quarter despite supply chain problems and weak auto production, but that is also compared with a period last year that included...

Over 70,000 attend German protests against COVID measures

Tens of thousands of people took to the streets across Germany on Monday night, as citizens vented their frustrations over the country's coronavirus measures. Many of those who attended brandishe...

Taiwan's total imported Omicron cases rise to 50

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) on Wednesday (Dec. 29) announced 50 imported breakthrough Omicron cases within two and a half weeks. During a press conferenc...