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Taiwan reports 17 local COVID cases, highest daily number in 5 months

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) on Monday (Jan. 17) announced 17 local COVID cases, the highest single-day case count since Aug. 4, when 20 local cases were rep...

18 schools in Taiwan's Taoyuan close as Tasty cluster infection grows to 23

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — A total of 18 schools in Taoyuan have halted classes for one day to two weeks amid a surge in Omicron cases in the city connected to the Tasty steakhouse chain over the we...

Chinese city Xi'an lifts some restrictions after lockdown

BEIJING (AP) — The Chinese city of Xi’an has gradually begun lifting restrictions after over three weeks of lockdown, as authorities sought to stamp out a local outbreak before the Beijing Winter Olym...

City of Beijing reports first local Omicron case -state media

The Chinese capital Beijing on Saturday reported its first locally transmitted infection of the highly transmissible Omicron coronavirus variant, according to state media, just weeks ahead of its stag...

December retail sales slip after a record holiday season

NEW YORK (AP) — Americans overlooked shortages, spiking prices and uncertainty over the omicron variant to break spending records during the critical holiday shopping season. But figures released Frid...

Teen Tasty worker among Taiwan's 6 new COVID cases

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Taiwan announced six new COVID cases on Thursday evening and Friday morning (Jan. 13-14), including a teen employee of a steakhouse, a Thai restaurant chef, and bank clust...

South Korea gets first supply of Pfizer's COVID-19 pills

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea on Thursday received its first supply of Pfizer’s antiviral COVID-19 pills to treat patients with mild or moderate symptoms. Health officials ha...

South Korea to deploy Pfizer COVID-19 pills as Omicron wave looms

South Korea will begin treating coronavirus patients with Pfizer's (PFE.N) antiviral pills on Friday, the first Asian country to do so, as concern mounts over the spread of the highly contagious O...

Taiwan reports 14 local COVID cases, 1 death

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) on Thursday (Jan. 13) announced 14 local COVID cases and one death. CECC head Chen Shih-chung (陳時中) announced 51 imported cas...

Bank COVID cluster in Taiwan's Taoyuan swells to 14

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — A total of 11 new COVID cases tied to a bank were reported Wednesday and Thursday (Jan. 12-13), bringing the total number tied to the cluster infection to 14. On Wednes...

Kids' low COVID-19 vaccination rates called a 'gut punch'

Distrust, misinformation and delays because of the holidays and bad weather have combined to produce what authorities say are alarmingly low COVID-19 vaccination rates in U.S. children ages 5 to 11. ...

WHO: COVID-19 cases rose by more than 50%, deaths stable

GENEVA (AP) — The number of new coronavirus infections in the last week jumped by about 55%, although the number of deaths remained stable, the World Health Organization said in its latest pandemic re...

3 Union Bank clerks test positive for COVID in northern Taiwan

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Three out of the four local COVID cases announced on Wednesday (Jan. 12) are employees of a bank in Taoyuan City. On Wednesday, Taoyuan Mayor Cheng Wen-tsan (鄭文燦) annou...

Putin: Russia on the verge of a new virus surge

MOSCOW (AP) — President Vladimir Putin said Wednesday that Russia is facing a new surge of coronavirus infections because of the highly contagious omicron variant. “It's obvious tha...

COVID cases visited Japanese restaurant in Taipei's Zhongshan District

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Taipei's Department of Health on Tuesday (Jan. 11) confirmed the recent movements of three COVID cases tied to a hospital in the city. Deputy Mayor Huang Shan-shan...