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Highly mutated COVID variant found in new countries but pandemic in 'a different phase’

A highly mutated COVID variant called BA.2.86 has now been detected in Switzerland and South Africa in addition to Israel, Denmark, the U.S. and the U.K., according to a leading World Health Organizat...

Biden administration to urge Americans get new COVID-19 boosters

WASHINGTON, Aug 20 (Reuters) - The Biden administration plans to urge all Americans to get a booster shot for the coronavirus this autumn to counter a new wave of infections, a White House official sa...

New Covid vaccines are on the way as 'Eris' variant rises

NEW YORK, Aug 14 (Reuters) - A new COVID vaccine is due out next month, but health experts and analysts say it is likely to be coolly received even as hospitalizations from "Eris", a variant...

COVID-19 hospitalizations in the US are on the rise again, but not like before

Here we go again: COVID-19 hospital admissions have inched upward in the United States since early July in a small-scale echo of the three previous summers. With an updated vaccine still...

Taiwan CECC holds last press conference, will shutter on May 1

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — After 960 press conferences held since being activated, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) held its final press briefing on Thursday (April 27) Over the past 1,...

Taiwan's 3rd COVID wave has peaked: CECC

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) on Monday (Jan. 16) said that Taiwan's third wave of COVID cases has peaked. At a press conference that afternoon, CDC Di...

China COVID peak to last 2-3 months, hit rural areas next - expert

The peak of China's COVID-19 wave is expected to last two to three months, and will soon swell over the vast countryside where medical resources are relatively scarce, a top Chinese epidemiologist...

2,000 passengers from China test positive for COVID in Taiwan in 10 days

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) on Thursday (Jan. 12) announced that over 2,000 passengers arriving from China over a period of 10 days tested positive for COVI...

WHO urges travellers to wear masks as new COVID variant spreads

LONDON, Jan 10 (Reuters) - Countries should consider recommending that passengers wear masks on long-haul flights, given the rapid spread of the latest Omicron subvariant of COVID-19 in the United Sta...

Taiwan reports 1,500 imported cases from China over week

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) on Monday (Jan. 9) announced that over 1,500 passengers arriving from China last week tested positive for COVID, which was equiv...

Taiwan mulling tightened border controls with China amid BF.7 'tsunami'

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) will hold a meeting on Tuesday (Dec. 27) to discuss whether to tighten border control restrictions with China as it suffers a ma...

Taiwan should restart quarantine for China arrivals to stem BF.7 'tsunami': Expert

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — An infectious disease expert believes that Taiwan should reimpose its quarantine requirements on arriving passengers from China to prevent a "tsunami" of cases i...

Chinese citizens face new outbreak with zero-COVID dropped

Weeks after China gave up its zero-COVID strategy, the country is witnessing a new outbreak. Concerned citizens are rushing to the pharmacies to buy medicine, while crematoriums across China struggle ...

China: More than a million could die from COVID in 2023

When China relaxed its zero-COVID policy at the start of December, international observers warned there would be mass COVID-19 outbreaksin the Chinese population, which, it was estimated, lacks suffic...

Taiwan reports 1st BF.7 case imported from China

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) on Monday (Dec. 19) announced its first imported case of the Omicron subvariant BF.7 from China. During a press conference th...