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Taiwan announces relaxed mask rules for Level 2 alert

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) on Thursday (Oct. 28) announced that although the Level 2 COVID alert will remain in place for two more weeks, mask rules will b...

Taiwan man punches Hi-Life customer, clerk for asking him to wear mask

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Video surfaced on Wednesday (Oct. 20) showing an irate man throwing punches at both a customer and a clerk inside a convenience store in north Taiwan after he was asked to...

Taiwanese can stop wearing masks when vaccination rate reaches 70%: Expert

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC), politicians, and disease experts are eyeing a full vaccination rate of 70% as a milestone when epidemic prevention measures, in...

Taiwan to announce loosening of outdoor mask rules on Sunday

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Taiwan's Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) on Sunday (Oct. 3) will announce details on a loosening of outdoor mask rules. During a press conference on Friday (...

Taipei cop fines couple for drinking water in car

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — A couple was ticketed by Taipei police for removing their masks inside their car to drink water on a hot summer day. At approximately 4 p.m. on July 8, having just fini...

American arrested in central Taiwan for refusing to wear mask 4 times

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — An American man was arrested last week for refusing to wear a face mask on at least four occasions over the course of one week and is now facing deportation. Since Taiw...

CECC makes U-turn on mask policy for drivers

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The Central Epidemic Comand Center (CECC) on Friday (May 21) made a U-turn on an official policy requiring motorists to wear masks when driving alone in their cars by sayi...

Video shows foreign woman lash out when asked to wear mask on Taiwan train

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Video surfaced on Sunday (Jan. 17) showing a foreign national get into a dispute with passengers, conductors, and police when asked to wear a face mask and apply it proper...

Hong Kong's top court rules 2019 mask ban constitutional

Hong Kong's top court on Monday ruled that the city government's decision to invoke a colonial-era law to ban face masks at demonstrations and public meetings during the height of the 2019 pro...

Taiwan's strict new mask rules kick in today

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — As one of its strict new measures to prevent the spread of the Wuhan coronavirus during autumn and winter, Taiwan is implementing strict new mask regulations for eight typ...

Hong Kong: Joshua Wong remains defiant in face of potential five years in prison

Hong Kong activist Joshua Wong on Friday told DW that he faces up to five years in jail if found guilty of instigating unlawful protests last year. Wong rose to prominence during the pro-democracy de...

Masks mandatory in Taiwan's KTVs starting Dec. 1

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) on Thursday (Nov. 19) explained its KTV guidelines, which will into effect on Dec. 1. As part of the CECC's strict new me...

Taiwan announces strict new coronavirus prevention measures

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Taiwan's Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) on Wednesday (Nov. 18) announced new measures to prevent the spread of the Wuhan coronavirus this winter, when cases ar...

Months into pandemic, Iran sees worst wave of virus deaths

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's capital has run out of intensive care beds as the country confronts a new surge of infections that is filling hospitals and cemeteries alike. The single-day death toll hit a...

Joshua Wong: Hong Kong police release activist on bail

Hong Kong pro-democracy activist Joshua Wong was arrested Thursday for "unlawful assembly" related to a 2019 protest against a government ban on face masks, according to a post on his offici...