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Court rules Austria can't be held liable for early COVID infection at ski resort

BERLIN (AP) — An Austrian federal court said Thursday that the state can’t be held liable for a COVID-19 infection from an outbreak at an Alpine ski resort as the pandemic hit Europe in early 2020. ...

South Korea lifts visa restrictions on Chinese travelers

South Korea has decided to resume issuing short-term visas to travelers from China after noting the improved COVID-19 situation in China. Following an anti-virus meeting on Friday, the government dec...

Chinese doctors say they are discouraged from citing COVID on death certificates

BEIJING, Jan 17 (Reuters) - During a busy shift at the height of Beijing's COVID wave, a physician at a private hospital saw a printed notice in the emergency department: doctors should “try...

Taiwan sees drop in COVID-positive rate of arrivals from China

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The proportion of arrivals from China testing positive for COVID-19 is falling, but the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) predicted the communist country would face t...

Germany's new COVID debate

The German government found itself dealing with a fresh split in its coalition this week after Justice Minister Marco Buschmann, of the neoliberal Free Democratic Party (FDP), called on the rest of th...

Taiwanese pistol team takes top prizes at US IDPA

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Growing up with the threat of war and invasion has inspired a half-dozen pistol enthusiasts to commit themselves to marksmanship — with the added goal of protecting ...

China changes definition of COVID deaths to lower numbers

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The Chinese government Tuesday (Dec. 20) narrowed its definition of a COVID death to only cases who died from pneumonia or respiratory failure caused by the virus, quickly...

China's opaque COVID numbers hamper plans by Taiwan to reopen mini-three links

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Taiwan's Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) on Thursday (Dec. 15) stated that the lack of transparency with China's official COVID case statistics is hindering...

'Taiwan's son-in-law' Philip Lo diagnosed with COVID

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) on Thursday (Dec. 8) announced that Philip Lo (羅一鈞), deputy head of the CECC's medical response division, was diagnosed with...

Taiwan vice president tests positive for COVID, president currently in 'good health'

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Vice President Lai Ching-te (賴清德) has tested positive for COVID, but he has only mild symptoms and President Tsai (蔡英文) is presently listed in "good health." ...

Taiwan adds 17,841 local COVID cases, announces new round of free test kit distribution

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) confirmed 17,841 local COVID cases on Wednesday (Nov. 23), with 51 imported cases and 31 deaths. The number of local cases de...

Taiwan's local COVID cases down 16% from last Thursday

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) on Thursday (Nov. 3) announced 29,922 local COVID cases, a decrease of 16% from last Thursday. CECC Spokesman Chuang Jen-hsia...

U.S. government to test Pfizer's Paxlovid for long COVID

CHICAGO, Oct 27 (Reuters) - The U.S. National Institutes of Health's $1 billion RECOVER Initiative has picked Pfizer Inc's PFE.Nantiviral drug Paxlovid as the first treatment it will study in ...

Taiwan adds 36,393 local COVID cases, 21 deaths

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) confirmed 36,393 local COVID cases on Tuesday (Sept. 6), 314 imported cases, and 21 deaths. The number of local cases increas...

NOT REAL NEWS: A look at what didn't happen this week

A roundup of some of the most popular but completely untrue stories and visuals of the week. None of these are legit, even though they were shared widely on social media. The Associated Press checked ...