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Taiwan thanks Czech Republic for timely COVID vaccine donation

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Taiwan has thanked the Czech Republic for its pledge to donate vaccine doses, calling the move a sign of sincere friendship. Czech Minister of Health Adam Vojtech annou...

COVID home testing kits now available in Taiwan convenience stores

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Home-based COVID-19 testing kits will be available at the four major convenience store chains in Taiwan starting Wednesday (June 23). The Taiwan Food and Drug Administr...

Taiwan likely to manufacture COVID home test kit

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — A Taiwanese manufacturer is applying to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to produce a COVID-19 home test kit in the country, reports said Wednesday (June 16). Whi...

COVID: A huge tragedy is unfolding in Afghanistan

The number of COVID-19 cases in Afghanistan has risen exponentially over the past few weeks, with hospitals struggling to deal with the ongoing wave. Health officials in almost all Afghan provinces a...

Home-based COVID testing kits to arrive in Taiwan next week

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The first shipments of home-based COVID-19 rapid testing kits are expected to arrive in Taiwan next week as the authorities draft guidelines for self-administered screenin...

Singapore to start easing COVID-19 restrictions after infections fall

SINGAPORE, June 10 (Reuters) - Singapore will start a phased easing of its COVID-19 restrictions from next week, including allowing up to five people to gather from two currently, after a fall in the ...

Taipei sets up COVID relief fund

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Taipei Mayo Ko Wen-je (柯文哲) is calling for donations to the city’s COVID-19 relief fund as the new wave of cases is putting a strain on its medical system. Cash d...

Online sales of COVID test kits banned in Taiwan

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The public has been warned against purchasing rapid testing kits for the coronavirus from online sellers, with fines of up to NT$2 million (US$72,000). The recent spike...

Climbing guide says at least 100 virus cases on Everest

KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — An expert climbing guide said Saturday that a coronavirus outbreak on Mount Everest has infected at least 100 climbers and support staff, giving the first comprehensive e...

Achiko completes initial shipment of AptameX, its progressive Covid-19 diagnostic test, to Indonesia, delivering 77% sensitivity at low viral loads

Production of first 1,000 AptameX test kits is concluded in Singapore (initial capacity to test 10,000 patients per day).AptameX delivers sensitivity of 77% (95% CI: 75.94 - 79.24) at a high industry ...

Americans set another pandemic-era record for air travel

Americans set a record for pandemic-era air travel, then broke it again over the Mother's Day holiday weekend. The Transportation Security Administration said that slightly more than...

Delhi COVID patient: 'I was lucky I didn't wait for test results'

Shivam Sharma, a 37-year-old lawyer in Delhi, developed a mild fever on April 18 shortly after he had been in contact with a friend who had tested positive for COVID. Sharma decided to play it safe, ...

Powerful Iowa companies got state testing help, records show

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — When Gov. Kim Reynolds’ administration arranged coronavirus testing at the office of the governor’s biggest campaign donors, it was the first time in weeks and last time ever th...

The Latest: Sri Lankan police arrest face mask violators

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka — Sri Lankan police are arresting people who fail to wear face masks and maintain social distancing in public places, as the number of COVID-19 patients rapidly increases due to a n...

COVID: Indian hospitals overwhelmed by new virus wave

India is currently facing the world's worst surge in coronavirus infections, reporting about one in three of all newly confirmed COVID cases worldwide over the past few days. On Tuesday, the In...