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3 Union Bank clerks test positive for COVID in northern Taiwan

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Three out of the four local COVID cases announced on Wednesday (Jan. 12) are employees of a bank in Taoyuan City. On Wednesday, Taoyuan Mayor Cheng Wen-tsan (鄭文燦) annou...

Omicron case seen playing mahjong in northern Taiwan club

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — An airport cleaner who has tested positive for the Omicron variant played mahjong at a social club packed with around 1,000 members to ring in the New Year. On Wednesda...

1,000 people party in Omicron case's karaoke club for New Year's Eve

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — There are concerns that a New Year's Eve party at a social club in Taoyuan could become a superspreader event for the Omicron variant after a Omicron-positive individu...

13 Taiwanese karatekas return from Kazakhstan with COVID

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) on Tuesday (Dec. 28) announced that a 13th member of a delegation of karate athletes who participated in a tournament in Kazakhs...

Republican report concludes COVID-19 leaked from Wuhan lab prior to Sept. 12, 2019

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — A report released by U.S. House Republicans earlier this month has concluded that the "preponderance of evidence" points to COVID-19 leaking from one of the Wuha...

Bangladesh lifts lockdown to celebrate, exasperating experts

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — Waiting among hundreds of fellow travelers to catch a ferry out of Bangladesh's capital, unemployed construction worker Mohammed Nijam knew he was risking catching the coronav...

NY lifts more COVID-19 rules as it hits vaccination mark

Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Tuesday that 70% of adults in New York have received at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine, a threshold he said the state would celebrate by easing many of its remaining so...

COVID: India to allow Amarnath pilgrimage despite surge in cases

The local government in India-administered Kashmir is contemplating setting up makeshift shelters and facilities for 600,000 Hindu pilgrims for the annual Amarnath pilgrimage, which it intends to host...

Editorial Roundup: US

Excerpts from recent editorials in the United States and abroad: ___ Feb. 10 The Tampa Bay Times on the potential of the Super Bowl to have been a coronavirus super...

Choir practice in Spain infects 30 of 41 members with virus

MADRID (AP) — At least 30 of 41 members of a gospel choir in northeastern Spain have contracted coronavirus following a rehearsal indoors with little air circulation, local authorities and the chorus ...

Trump declares churches 'essential,' calls on them to reopen

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has labeled churches and other houses of worship as “essential" and called on governors nationwide to let them reopen this weekend even though some areas remai...