Making sense of coronavirus infection statistics

Until recently, the greatest concern of health authorities was to keep the reproduction number, or R-value, for the coronavirus below the critical threshold of 1. If the R-value rises above 1, this i...

On Brazil’s tropical island of cats, virus led to starvation

MANGARATIBA, Brazil (AP) — All the locals knew the island just west of Rio de Janeiro was teeming with cats. They left food and even brought tourists. Then the coronavirus pandemic hit, and human supp...

Iran virus death toll hits record high, 3rd time in week

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — For the third time in a week, Iran on Wednesday marked its highest single-day record for new deaths and infections from the coronavirus, with 279 people killed and 4,830 new patien...

Taiwan to pursue travel bubbles with Australia and New Zealand

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) said Tuesday (Oct. 13) that Taiwan will pursue travel bubbles with Australia and New Zealand after the neighboring nations agreed to...

i-Maker announces cooperation with Carol Interior Design to expand interior design business-the combination of technology and traditional decoration design

HONG KONG, CHINA - Media OutReach - 14 October 2020 - i-Maker and Carol Interior Design announced today that they have launched a 10-year partnership development plan to develop market-oriented integr...

Coronavirus: What the EU's new traffic light system means

To give travelers in Europe a better overview of coronavirus infections and restrictions, the European Union has introduced a traffic light system with color-coded zones based on risk levels: Green, y...

Light design from Taiwan’s Penghu gets gold at 2020 MUSE Awards

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The themed lighting area of the 2020 Penghu Bay International Light Festival has won the gold at the 2020 MUSE Creative Awards in the “Art Event” category. ...

WHO warns against COVID-19 lockdowns citing grave economic consequences

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — In an abrupt reversal, the World Health Organization’s (WHO) special envoy on COVID-19, Dr. David Nabarro, said in a recent video interview with The Spectator that h...

International visits to Taiwan lowest in nearly 20 years

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The Ministry of Transportation and Communications (MOTC) estimates that the number of visits by international travelers to Taiwan will be only about 1.35 million this year...

Cuba relaxes coronavirus restrictions 7 months into pandemic

Havana (AP) — Cuba relaxed coronavirus restrictions Monday in hopes of boosting its economy, allowing shops and government offices to reopen and welcoming locals and tourists at airports across the is...

Asia-Pacific countries begin to ease pandemic-related travel bans, but hurdles remain

Asia-Pacific countries including Singapore, Australia and Japan are gradually easing some international travel restrictions as coronavirus cases slow, in hopes of helping to revive their economies. ...

Israeli government approves normalization deal with UAE

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Israeli government unanimously approved the country's recently signed normalization agreement with the United Arab Emirates on Monday ahead of a ratification vote by parliament. ...

Hangzhou has released "Top Ten Scenes of Digital Economy Tourism" officially for the first time in China Through Combining Tourism and the Digital Economy

HANGZHOU, CHINA - Media OutReach - 12 October 2020 - On September 17th & 18th, the "2020 Culture and Tourism Summit of Hangzhou & Meeting Industry Fair of the New Economic Destination" was hel...

The Latest: China to test city of 9 million amid new cases

BEIJIJNG — China’s government says all 9 million people in the eastern city of Qingdao will be tested for the coronavirus this week after nine cases linked to a hospital were found. ...

Five years on, Israelis see few benefits from major gas deal

JERUSALEM (AP) — Five years after Israel signed a landmark agreement to develop large offshore gas fields over the objections of antitrust authorities, environmentalists and consumer advocates, ordina...