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German volleyball team refuses to play virus-hit China

QUEZON CITY, Philippines (AP) — Players on the German national volleyball team refused to face China rivals a few days after some of their opponents tested positive for COVID-19, costing the team a fo...

Thailand drops registration for visitors, outdoor mask rule

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand is lifting a pre-arrival registration requirement for foreign visitors that was seen as onerous and a drag on the recovery for its ailing tourism industry. Th...

Taiwan scraps COVID quarantine for vaccinated long-range flight crews

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Crew members of long-range flights who received three COVID-19 jabs will no longer have to quarantine after arriving in Taiwan, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) ...

Two delegation leaders from Slovakia test positive for COVID in Taiwan

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Two leaders of the delegation from Slovakia’s parliament on a June 5-10 visit to Taiwan tested positive for COVID-19 after meetings with President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文)...

Shanghai starts coming back to life as COVID lockdown eases

SHANGHAI (AP) — Traffic, pedestrians and joggers reappeared on the streets of Shanghai on Wednesday as China’s largest city began returning to normalcy amid the easing of a strict two-month COVID-19 l...

Taiwan to replace on-arrival PCR test with saliva test on June 1

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) on Tuesday (May 31) announced that starting on Wednesday (June 1), passengers arriving in Taiwan will no longer be required to u...

China's FM visits Kiribati, where fishing ground is at stake

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — China's foreign minister on Friday arrived on the remote Pacific nation of Kiribati, where the future of a vast fishing ground is at stake. The planned...

All Taiwan residents can now use rapid test to confirm COVID status

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Starting Thursday (May 26), rapid antigen tests can be used by all Taiwan residents in place of PCR tests to confirm COVID-19 infections, enabling them to be evaluated for...

Taiwan residents can use rapid test to verify COVID, enable prescriptions from May 26

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) on Tuesday (May 24) announced that rapid antigen tests can be used by all Taiwan residents in place of PCR tests to confirm COVI...

China's Global Times editorials on Taiwan are so bad they are funny

TAICHUNG (Taiwan News) — Chinese Communist Party (CCP) mouthpiece Global Times is always good for a laugh. In the CCP’s press ecosystem it serves as the repository for foaming-at-the-mouth...

Shanghai reopens some public transport, still on high COVID alert

Shanghai reopened a small part of the world's longest subway system on Sunday after some lines had been closed for almost two months, as the city paves the way for a more complete lifting of its p...

Taiwan steps up supply of oral COVID drugs to Indigenous areas, outlying islands

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Residents of Indigenous areas and the country’s outlying islands will soon find it easier to obtain oral anti-COVID medicine, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CE...

Is Taiwan learning to live with COVID?

Taiwan has witnessed a surge in domestic COVID-19 cases since it began to abandon its "zero-COVID" strategy last month. On Thursday the island reported over 90,000 local cases in a day for t...

Horford and Smart cleared to play, White out for Celtics

MIAMI (AP) — The Boston Celtics are closer to whole for the Eastern Conference finals. Al Horford's stay in the NBA's health and safety protocols ended Thursday, a few hours before ...

CECC predicts Taiwan's COVID cases will peak next week

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) on Wednesday (May 18) predicted that Taiwan's COVID cases will likely peak next week. After reporting around 60,000 COVID...