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Hong Kong reopens beaches, Beijing relaxes quarantine rules

BEIJING (AP) — Hong Kong on Thursday reopened beaches and pools in a relaxation of COVID-19 restrictions, while China’s capital Beijing began easing quarantine rules for arrivals from overseas. ...

Taiwan eyes end to home isolation for COVID contacts in June

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) predicts that COVID cases in Taiwan will peak in May and plans to end home isolation for fully vaccinated and boosted contacts o...

Taiwan imposes restrictions on PCR tests for asymptomatic people

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Amid a major spike in COVID cases, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) announced Monday (May 2) that it will only administer PCR tests to people who experience symp...

Taiwan mulling end to home isolation

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Taiwan is considering discontinuing its home isolation policy for contacts of COVID cases and is eyeing a booster shot coverage rate as a criterion for phasing out the pol...

Beijing firms up COVID screening to prevent Shanghai-like chaos

Beijing closed some public spaces and stepped up checks at others on Thursday, as most of the Chinese capital's 22 million residents turned up for more mass COVID-19 testing aimed at averting a Sh...

Taipei may impose 'soft lockdown' if cases reach 'certain level': Mayor

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je (柯文哲) on Tuesday (April 26) estimated that the total number of COVID cases in the city could reach 500,000 by May 18 and that a "soft lockdown&...

Taiwan ends test requirement for 3rd day of '3+4' isolation plan

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) on Tuesday (April 26) announced that it will stop requiring contacts of COVID cases to take a rapid antigen test on the third da...

What is the '3+4' home isolation plan?

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — A new plan that enables contacts of COVID cases to leave home isolation on the third day if they test negative for the virus took effect on Tuesday (April 26). What is ...

Taiwan's 10-day quarantine for overseas arrivals stays in effect

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Although the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) on Monday (April 25) announced a reduced home isolation period for contacts of COVID cases in Taiwan, it stated that it...

Taiwan approves '3+4' plan for COVID contact home isolation

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Local officials on Monday (April 25) gave the green light to a new plan that will enable contacts of COVID cases to leave home isolation on the third day if they test nega...

Where should people in Taiwan with COVID symptoms go?

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The Taiwan Society of Emergency Medicine (TSEM) on Sunday (April 24) urged people who suspect they have COVID to avoid going to hospital emergency rooms to undergo testing...

Taiwan to launch '3+4' plan for COVID contact home isolation

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Taiwan's Cabinet on Sunday (April 24) approved a new plan by the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) that will enable contacts of COVID cases to leave home isolatio...

Taiwan to switch from home isolation to rapid testing

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) announced plans on Thursday (April 22) to replace home isolation for people who came in contact with confirmed COVID cases with ...

Masks off: Spain relaxes face covering rules for indoors

MADRID (AP) — Spain took another step Wednesday toward a sense of normality amid the pandemic by partially ending the near two-year-long obligatory use of masks indoors. The governme...

Why is Taiwan moving away from its 'zero-COVID' policy?

After largely keeping the coronavirus at bay for more than two years, Taiwan is now battling its most serious wave of outbreaks. Over the past week, Taiwan has reported thousands of new cases, with th...