Beijing reports 40% rise in food prices as coronavirus expands

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — As the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak expands, food prices in the Chinese capital Beijing have surged by 40 percent, partly a result of restrictions on transportati...

Taiwan developing 10-minute Wuhan virus test using SARS antibodies

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Taiwan's National Health Research Institutes (NHRI) is planning on using SARS antibodies to develop a rapid test to detect the Wuhan coronavirus in just around 10 minu...

Taiwan to join clinical trials of remdesivir to treat Wuhan virus

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Taiwan has been given the green light to join with the U.S. in starting clinical trials for the use of the antiviral drug remdesivir to treat the Wuhan coronavirus, announ...

Kuwait journalist praises Taiwan's democracy and diversity

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — In a recent Arabic news article titled "Taiwan: Core of Asia's Cultural Development," Kuwait referred to Taiwan as a sovereign independent country and praise...

IOC member casts doubt on postponing or moving Tokyo Games

TOKYO (AP) — A senior member of the International Olympic Committee said Tuesday that if it proves too dangerous to hold the Olympics in Tokyo this summer because of the coronavirus outbreak, or...

‘Are you still alive?’ Virus fears grip South Korean city

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A woman wearing vinyl gloves on a subway train. Guests donning masks at a sparsely attended wedding ceremony. People feverishly stocking up on instant noodles and rice....

China’s Tianjin University claims it has developed oral vaccine for Wuhan coronavirus

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — China’s Tianjin University claimed on Tuesday (Feb. 25) to have developed an oral vaccine for the coronavirus (COVID-19), to which there has been no simple cure as i...

Fears of coronavirus cast shadow over upcoming Dajia Mazu Pilgrimage

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — As cases of the coronavirus (COVID-19) continue to rise in Taiwan, worries that the upcoming Mazu temple tour, which draws thousands of participants to central Taiwan each...

S. Korea leader: ‘Unprecedented’ steps needed to fight virus

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea’s president has put his nation on its highest alert for infectious diseases, saying Sunday that officials should take “unprecedented, powerful&r...

Coronavirus outbreak boosts Taiwan's e-commerce market

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — As Taiwanese go out less to shop and dine due to coronavirus (COVID-19) fears, the e-commerce market has flourished. According to PChome 24h, the second-largest Taiwa...

Taiwan wages war on single-use plastics

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Taiwan aims to cut its decades-long dependency on plastic by following the European Union (EU) and its European Green Deal (EGD), a circular economy strategy to realize su...

Taoyuan mayor bolsters Taiwan airport businesses against Wuhan virus fallout

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Taoyuan Mayor Cheng Wen-tsang (鄭文燦) made a plea for special consideration of airport businesses as the legislature discusses a bail-out next week aimed to prop up industri...

Charter flight takes 20 Taiwanese from Diamond Princess home

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — A China Airlines (CAL) charter flight left Tokyo’s Haneda Airport Friday (Feb. 21) evening with 20 Taiwanese passengers and crew from the coronavirus-stricken Diamon...

Flower festival on Taipei’s Yangmingshan opens amidst Wuhan coronavirus fear

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Late Taiwan Cherry blossoms and double-flowered cherry blossoms are blooming on Yangmingshan to coincide with the 2020 Yangmingshan Flower Festival, which opened last Satu...

Stampede kills at least 20 at refugee camp in Niger

NIAMEY, Niger (AP) — A local official says at least 20 people died in a stampede in Niger as they were being given food and goods at a refugee camp. Diffa governor Issa Lamine said 1...