The Latest: South Africa has backlog of nearly 100,000 tests

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause ...

Mask exports cleared for June, real-name system still in effect

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Taiwanese mask exports have been cleared to begin on June 1, and the real-name system for buying masks will remain in effect, according to Premier Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌) on ...

Taiwan economics minister unveils new coronavirus mask policy

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — As the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic slows down in Taiwan, face masks will become more widely available from June 1, Economics Minister Shen Jong-chin (沈榮津) said W...

Taiwan mask export ban to be lifted on 6/1

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Taiwan is preparing to lift the ban on mask exports beginning June 1, according to Ministry of Economic Affairs Deputy Minister Wang Mei-hua (王美花). The government will ...

Taiwan to lift ban on mask exports before end of June

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Taiwan will accelerate its timeline towards opening mask exports, as the stockpile is reaching 100 million units, Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) head Chen Shih-chu...

Demand for Taiwan-made masks surges as Chinese masks fail to meet standards

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Taiwan has seen soaring demand for its surgical masks as the coronavirus virus rages despite the fact that the export ban on the protective gear has not been lifted. Ma...

Wife of Singapore PM thanks Taiwan after controversial comment

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — After being criticized for her impolite response to Taiwan's face mask donation to Singapore, the Southeast Asian nation's first lady Ho Ching (何晶) edited her rema...

Netherlands representative office thanks Taiwan for mask donations

The Netherlands Trade and Investment Office on Monday (April 8) thanked Taiwan for its pledged donation of surgical face masks, stating that "working together is the only way we'll get throug...

Premier infuriated by Trump, says Canada helped US amId 9/11

TORONTO (AP) — The premier of the Canadian province that sheltered thousands of stranded American airline passengers after the 9/11 attacks said Sunday he’s infuriated that U.S. President Donald Trump...

Trudeau says Canada won't retaliate for US mask export ban

TORONTO (AP) — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Saturday that Canada won’t bring retaliatory or punitive measures against the United States after the Trump administration announced it would prevent ...

Scramble for virus supplies strains global solidarity

ROME (AP) — San Marino needed medical masks. Badly. The tiny republic, wedged next to what would be two of Italy’s hardest-hit provinces in the COVID-19 outbreak, had already regist...

MOEA denies BBC report that prison inmates are making face masks in Taiwan

The Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) has denied a foreign media report that suggested that prison labor has been engaged in the production of medical face masks to be requisitioned by Taiwan's ...

NBC praises Taiwan’s handling of Wuhan coronavirus epidemic

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The world can learn from Taiwan how to combat the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) as it took all the right measures early on, including setting up a command center, tightenin...

Taiwan relaxes ban on face mask exports

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Beginning Thursday (March 12), the export of cloth face masks will be allowed, according to the Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA). The ban on mask exports has been se...

The Latest: China's deaths caused by virus surpass 3,000

BANGKOK (AP) — The Latest on the virus outbreak (all times local): 8:40 a.m. China's deaths from the new COVID-19 illness have surpassed 3,000 though new cases have...