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Photo of the Day: Astute statue observing mask rule in New Taipei

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — A Honduran photographer captured this scene of a masked statue reading the newspaper at an empty waterfront in New Taipei City amid the Level 3 restrictions that are in pl...

New Taipei to penalize 206 residents for going maskless

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The New Taipei City Government on Tuesday (May 18) dispatched 1,200 police officers to the streets to clamp down on violators of the outdoor mask-wearing rule. Mayor Ho...

The Latest: Fire at India hospital kills 18 virus patients

NEW DELHI — A fire in a COVID-19 hospital ward in western India killed 18 patients early Saturday, as the country grappling with the worst outbreak yet steps up a vaccination drive for all its adults ...

US extends face-mask requirement on planes until September

WASHINGTON (AP) — If you’re traveling on a plane, train or bus, don’t put that face mask away yet. The Transportation Security Administration said Friday it will extend its mask requ...

Thailand's prime minister fined for breaking face mask rule

BANGKOK (AP) — Authorities in Thailand are imposing fines of up to 20,000 baht ($640) for people who fail to wear face masks in public in 48 provinces, as the government struggles to cope with a new w...

Tardy Gras? Mobile considers Carnival-style parade for May

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) — Its 2021 Mardi Gras celebration all but a bust because of the coronavirus pandemic, the city of Mobile is considering staging a Carnival-style parade in May after the state's manda...

Study finds mask mandates, dining out influence virus spread

NEW YORK (AP) — A new national study adds strong evidence that mask mandates can slow the spread of the coronavirus, and that allowing dining at restaurants can increase cases and deaths. ...

Texas and other states ease COVID-19 rules despite warnings

Texas on Tuesday became the biggest state to lift its mask rule, joining a rapidly growing movement by governors and other leaders across the U.S. to loosen COVID-19 restrictions despite pleas from he...

Taiwan to lift eating ban on HSR trains March 1

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) on Monday (Feb. 22) announced that all of its epidemic prevention regulations would remain in place in March, with the exception...

FAA steps up enforcement against unruly airline passengers

Federal safety officials said Wednesday they stepping up enforcement against unruly airline passengers after confrontations on flights to and from Washington, D.C., around the time of the riot at the ...

Visit by COVID-infected official closes Washington Monument

The Trump administration abruptly closed the Washington Monument on Friday over exposure concerns from an earlier visit by Interior Secretary David Bernhardt, who tested positive this week for the cor...

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...

Many GOP lawmakers shrug off Statehouse mask-wearing rules

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Many Republican lawmakers in states where coronavirus cases and hospitalizations have surged are not only rejecting statewide mask mandates. They're also resisting rules requi...

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...

Masks to be mandatory in Taiwan's bars, nightclubs starting Dec. 1

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — As part of its strict new measures to prevent the spread of the Wuhan coronavirus during autumn and winter, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) said Wednesday (Nov....