Hong Kong cop tests positive for Wuhan virus

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — On Thursday evening (Feb. 21), a Hong Kong police officer was officially diagnosed with the Wuhan coronavirus, raising fears of a potential outbreak in the police force af...

31 Kaohsiung cab drivers who carried Westerdam passengers face Wuhan virus risk

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — After news broke that an American passenger on the cruise ship MS Westerdam had contracted the Wuhan coronavirus, the Kaohsiung Department of Health on Sunday (Feb. 16) as...

Surgical masks can be purchased at 303 local health centers across Taiwan starting Feb 16

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The Taiwan Centers for Disease Control (Taiwan CDC) announced on its website Saturday (Feb. 15) that starting Sunday, surgical masks supplied under the name-based system w...

MECO to refund visa fees for Taiwanese hit by Philippine travel ban

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — After the abrupt inclusion of Taiwan in a travel ban for China left hundreds of Taiwanese stranded at Philippine airports, the Manila Economic and Cultural Office (MECO) a...

Update: Philippines to make final call on Taiwan travel ban by Friday

Update: 02/13 2:27 p.m. Manila Economic and Cultural Office (MECO) Chairman Angelito Banayo told Taiwan News that the inter-agency task force includes the Philippines' Bureau of Immigration, De...

Foreigner fined NT$10,000 for violating quarantine in Taiwan

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — A foreign national has been fined after he left the room he was being quarantined in to take a smoke break. Taipei City Department of Health Disease Control Division he...

President Trump makes pick for next ambassador to Canada

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has tapped a retired North Carolina physician to be the next U.S. ambassador to Canada. Dr. Aldona Wos was nominated Tuesday to fill the role...

MOFA urges Philippines to 'correct' ban on Taiwanese visitors

Taiwan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) has asked the Philippine government to “correct” its travel ban introduced Monday that includes Taiwan along with China, Hong Kong and Mac...

UK calls virus "serious" health threat; will detain people

LONDON (AP) — Britain has declared the new coronavirus that emerged from China a "serious and imminent threat to public health'' and announced new measures Monday to combat the spread of the disease. ...

Taiwan's MOE urges student dancers to wear masks when practicing underground

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — As the Taiwanese government ramps up its defensive measures against the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) after the country's 17th confirmed case on Saturday (Feb. 8), the...

New Taipei couple fined NT$300,000 for breaking quarantine rule

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — A Taiwanese man and his Chinese wife were fined NT$300,000 (US$10,000) by the Department of Health of New Taipei City on Friday (Feb. 7) for failing to comply with the 14-...

Taipei to punish operators caught selling masks, disinfectants in claw machines

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Taipei's leaders have condemned people trying to sell surgical masks and disinfectants in claw machines and are warning of swift punishment for those caught in the act...

Philippines sees 1st coronavirus death outside China

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The Wuhan coronavirus (2019 nCoV) claimed the life of a Chinese man in the Philippines on Saturday (Feb. 1), marking the first death to have been caused by the rapidly spr...

Pentagon approves using military bases to quarantine 1,000

WASHINGTON (AP) — Defense Secretary Mark Esper on Saturday approved a request from the Department of Health and Human Services for the possible use of military facilities to accommodate 1,000 people w...

Man formally charged with killing wife, 3 children

KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) — Prosecutors have formally charged a man with killing his wife and three children at their Florida home near Walt Disney World. Four charges of second-degree mu...