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High hopes for Blues, Crusaders in Super Rugby Pacific final

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — The Super Rugby Pacific final between the Auckland-based Blues and Christchurch-based Crusaders on Saturday is the contest many hoped for and may be the one New Zealand ...

All Taiwan residents can now use rapid test to confirm COVID status

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Starting Thursday (May 26), rapid antigen tests can be used by all Taiwan residents in place of PCR tests to confirm COVID-19 infections, enabling them to be evaluated for...

Taiwan residents can use rapid test to verify COVID, enable prescriptions from May 26

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) on Tuesday (May 24) announced that rapid antigen tests can be used by all Taiwan residents in place of PCR tests to confirm COVI...

Hi-Life to start selling saliva rapid tests Friday

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Taiwanese convenience store chain Hi-Life will begin selling COVID-19 saliva rapid tests at over a thousand branches across Taiwan on Friday (May 20). The country is cu...

3 categories of people no longer need PCR test in Taiwan

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Starting on Thursday (May 12), three categories of people no longer need to take a PCR as a rapid antigen test will suffice, with a positive result being considered an off...

7-Eleven, FamilyMart start selling discounted rapid COVID tests

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Taiwan's four convenience store chains, as well as supermarket chains and retailers all began selling discounted rapid antigen test kits on Monday (May 9). Convenie...

KMT Legislator Chiang Wan-an diagnosed with COVID

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Opposition Kuomintang (KMT) Legislator Chiang Wan-an (蔣萬安) has tested positive for COVID-19. Chiang announced the news on Facebook late Friday evening (May 6). He said ...

Taiwan's defense minister says Omicron will not interrupt reservist retraining

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Taiwan’s Minister for Defense Chiu Kuo-zheng (邱國正) said he will not suspend military retraining programs for reservists due to the Omicron outbreak, but will adjust ...

Taiwanese actress Sonia Sui contracts COVID

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Taiwanese actress Sonia Sui (隋棠) on Thursday (May 5) announced on social media that she has tested positive for COVID and has entered isolation. In recent days, Sui had...

Taiwan ends PCR test rule

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — As COVID cases surge across Taiwan and emergency rooms become overwhelmed with people wanting to get tested, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) announced that mult...

Taiwan to punish people who fail to get PCR test after positive rapid result

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The head of the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) on Tuesday (May 3) said those who receive a positive result from a rapid antigen test and fail to apply for a PCR te...

Taiwan to launch name-based rationing system for COVID rapid test kits in early May

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Central Epidemic Command Center head Chen Shih-chung (陳時中) announced on Sunday (April 24) that a name-based rationing system for people to purchase COVID-19 rapid antigen ...

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 ...

Cambodia cuts quarantine for unvaccinated visitors to 7 days

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — Cambodia on Thursday reduced the required quarantine period from two weeks to one for arriving travelers who are not fully vaccinated against the coronavirus, acting after ...

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...