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Polio virus found in UK sewage samples; risk to public low

LONDON (AP) — Health officials in Britain warned parents Wednesday to ensure their children have been vaccinated against polio after the virus that causes the disease was found in London sewage sample...

Taiwan reports first cases of Omicron subvariants BA.4, BA.5

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Taiwan reported its first cases of the BA.4 and BA.5 subvariants of Omicron on Monday (June 13). The Omicron BA.4 and BA.5 subvariants are spreading rapidly in Europe a...

Taiwan to shorten quarantine for arriving passengers

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) is planning on shortening the length of the current seven-day mandatory quarantine for passengers arriving from overseas. Dur...

Taiwan to announce eased border restrictions in June

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Taiwan's Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) on Friday (May 27) said it will announce new, relaxed border restrictions in June as Taiwan's infection rate of 6% ...

Shanghai eases 2-week shutdown, letting some residents out

BEIJING (AP) — Some residents of Shanghai were allowed out of their homes as the city of 25 million eased a two-week-old shutdown Tuesday after a video posted online showed what was said to be people ...

COVID: China struggles to contain large outbreak

Chinaon Sundayreported 13,146 new coronavirus infections, the highest number since the peak of the first pandemic wave more than two years ago, as the country struggles to maintain its "zero-COVI...

Taiwan announces mask, vaccine rules for April

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) on Monday (March 28) announced its mask regulations and vaccination requirements for entertainment venues for the month of April...

Shanghai starts China's biggest COVID-19 lockdown in 2 years

BEIJING (AP) — China began its most extensive lockdown in two years Monday to conduct mass testing and control a growing outbreak in Shanghai as questions are raised about the economic toll of the nat...

China continues 'severe and complex' fight against COVID-19

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — China continues to battle its worst COVID-19 outbreak, driven by the omicron variant, with health officials on Friday calling the situation “severe and complex." ...

Samoa detects scores of COVID cases within days of outbreak

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Samoa has reported scores of new COVID-19 cases each day since detecting its first case of community transmission last week. The South Pacific island n...

China tightens controls as more virus cases reported

BEIJING (AP) — China instituted new COVID-19 restrictions Saturday that included urging the public not to leave Beijing and closing schools in Shanghai while the leader of Hong Kong warned that ...

Taipei partially lifts COVID curbs

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Taipei has announced it will relax its COVID-19 restrictions effective Tuesday (Feb. 15), as city officials believe the local outbreak has been brought under control. T...

Taiwan should rethink zero-COVID policy: Epidemiologist

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — An epidemiologist on Saturday (Feb. 12) called for Taiwan to reconsider its zero-COVID policy, which she says is unlikely to succeed long-term. Despite the continued sp...

Olympic advisers at ease with COVID rate, see cases falling

BEIJING (AP) — With more than 30 new COVID-19 cases being detected daily ahead of the Beijing Olympics, organizers said Wednesday they aren't worried and expect numbers to drop within days. ...

Philippines lifts ban on foreign tourists as outbreak eases

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippines will lift a ban on the entry of foreign tourists and businesspeople next month after nearly two years, in a move to revive the battered tourism industry as t...