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Hard lesson learned from migrant worker clusters: Taiwan premier

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The COVID-19 outbreaks among migrant workers at tech factories have taught the country a hard lesson, said Premier Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌) on Saturday (June 19). In an ins...

Video shows migrant workers in Taiwan's Miaoli herded into packs

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — A migrant worker has shared video footage showing how their factory now restricts the movements of foreign employees and herds them in groups as they go to and from work. ...

Explainer-China's Mojiang mine and its role in the origins of COVID-19

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - Top U.S. infectious disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci has urged China to release information about six laborers who fell ill after working in a mine in Yunnan province in 2012, and...

21 migrant workers in Miaoli questioned by police for venturing out

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Police questioned 21 migrant workers in Miaoli County for violating a stay-at-home order that has been issued amid cluster infections at four high-tech companies in the co...

Employers of migrant workers in Taiwan face fines for shirking COVID prevention responsibility

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Employers in Taiwan will be penalized if they ask migrant workers to sign an affidavit stating they will bear the consequences of getting infected with the coronavirus. ...

202 foreign workers test positive for COVID at 4 tech firms in Taiwan's Miaoli

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The number of COVID-19 cases associated with four tech companies in northern Taiwan's Miaoli County has risen to 249, including 202 foreign migrant workers, primarily ...

Taiwan's TSMC, UMC mull setting up COVID testing sites amid cluster woes

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Semiconductor giants in Taiwan such as TSMC and UMC are considering establishing COVID-19 screening centers after a string of migrant worker cluster outbreaks that are hur...

Seoul court rejects slave labor claim against Japanese firms

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A South Korean court on Monday rejected a claim by dozens of World War II-era Korean factory workers and their relatives who sought compensation from 16 Japanese compan...

Taiwan chip packager King Yuan Electronics under pressure due to COVID cluster

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — A COVID-19 cluster outbreak is putting extra pressure on Taiwan-based chip packager King Yuan Electronics as all its foreign workers have been put under quarantine, leadin...

Taoyuan to build 'Maginot Line' for 100,000 migrant workers

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Taoyuan Mayor Cheng Wen-tsan (鄭文燦) on Sunday (June 6) announced the launch of a "Maginot Line" for the city's over 100,000 migrant workers. During an epid...

Taiwan's Taoyuan encourages companies to test migrant workers for COVID

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Taoyuan Mayor Cheng Wen-tsan (鄭文燦) said on Saturday (June 5) that dormitories housing more than 50 migrant workers should enact measures to avoid COVID-19 cluster infectio...

600,000 Taiwan laborers to benefit from new COVID-19 bailout

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Taiwan Premier Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌) instructed that 600,000 laborers previously excluded from coronavirus cash relief be subsidized, a Cabinet official said Wednesday (Jun...

COVID: India's Sikh community steps up amid pandemic

Harteerath Singh, who lives in the northern Indian city of Gurgaon, has contracted the coronavirus twice. In both instances, he took some time to recover, only to return and lead his nonprofit organiz...

Taiwan coronavirus cash bailout set for approval

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — A sweeping NT$210 billion (US$7.56 billion) pandemic relief package is set to be passed at a Cabinet meeting on June 3, with cash sent to qualifying individuals as early a...

Migrant workers banned from Taiwan entry as of May 19 amid outbreak

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Taiwan’s labor authorities announced on Monday (May 17) that migrant workers will be banned from entry starting May 19 as the country works to contain a fresh COVID-...