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Live updates: Colorado confirms case of omicron variant

DENVER -- Colorado became the third U.S. state to detect a case of the omicron variant in a woman who had recently traveled to Africa, state health officials announced Thursday. The ...

Taiwan urged to resume domestic cruises

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Since Taiwan’s domestic cruises have been suspended for half a year, Keelung Mayor Lin Yu-chang (林右昌) on Wednesday (Dec. 1) urged the country to find a balance betwe...

Joyful reunions as Malaysia-Singapore land border reopens

JOHOR BAHRU, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysians working in Singapore held joyful reunions with their loved ones after returning to their homeland on Monday following the partial reopening of a land border tha...

Vietnam welcomes 1st tourists to resort island after 2 years

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — More than 200 foreign tourists arrived on Vietnam’s largest Phu Quoc island on Saturday, the first to visit the Southeast Asian country after nearly two years of border closure d...

Taipei Costco branch closes over breakthrough COVID case

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Costco on Wednesday (Nov. 17) shuttered one of its Taipei branches for two days after a member was found to have contracted COVID despite being fully vaccinated. Custom...

Taipei World Gym branch closes over breakthrough COVID case

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — World Gym said Wednesday (Nov. 17) that it is closing one of its branches in Taipei for two days after a member was found to have contracted COVID despite being fully vacc...

Cases surge in new COVID hot spots of Michigan, Minnesota

Hospitals in Michigan and Minnesota on Tuesday reported a wave of COVID-19 patients not seen in months as beds were filled with unvaccinated people and health care leaders warned that staff were being...

COVID: China corgi-killing footage sparks anger

Footage of health care workers killing a pet dog after its owners were sent into coronavirus quarantine has outraged social media users in China. The video emerged as local authorities pursue the gov...

Amazon settles California COVID workers notification dispute

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Amazon has agreed to pay $500,000 and be monitored by California officials to ensure it properly notifies its workers about new coronavirus cases, the state's attorney genera...

Taiwan health minister says he is 'giving serious thought' to quitting smoking

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Minister of Health and Welfare Chen Shih-chung (陳時中), who doubles as head of the Central Epidemic Command Center, said on Friday (Nov. 12), “Now I am giving serious ...

These EU countries have managed to keep COVID numbers down

For the first time during the coronavirus pandemic, Germany's nationwide seven-day incidence rate has crossed the 200 threshold. On Monday, it stood at 201.1. The rate, which indicates the number ...

Farrell cleared for England after false-positive virus test

LONDON (AP) — England captain Owen Farrell was cleared to face Australia next weekend after his COVID-19 case was confirmed as a false-positive on Sunday. Farrell missed the 69-3 rou...

Indonesian caregiver removed from list of Taiwan's COVID cases

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) announced Saturday (Nov. 6) it was removing an Indonesian caregiver who had been confirmed as a COVID-19 case the previous day f...

Indonesian caregiver Taiwan's latest local COVID case

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) on Friday (Nov. 5) reported one new local COVID-19 case. Health Minister and CECC head Chen Shih-chung (陳時中) announced six im...

WHO: Europe is the epicenter of pandemic despite vaccines

GENEVA (AP) — Top officials at the World Health Organization said Thursday that Europe has seen a more than 50% jump in coronavirus cases in the last month, making it the epicenter of the pandemic des...