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Latvia to impose nearly monthlong lockdown as COVID spreads

HELSINKI (AP) — Latvia will enter into a nearly monthlong lockdown, including a curfew, on Thursday due to the worsening coronavirus situation in the Baltic country where the vaccination rate is among...

Outdoor exercise is mask-free starting today in Taiwan

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Effective on Tuesday (Oct. 19) residents of Taiwan will no longer be required to wear face masks while exercising outdoors, and they will be able to go maskless when takin...

Japan to donate more COVID-19 vaccine doses to Taiwan

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Japan announced Friday (Oct. 15) that it will donate more doses of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine to Taiwan as part of its free vaccine-sharing initiative for Southeast ...

Taiwanese can stop wearing masks when vaccination rate reaches 70%: Expert

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC), politicians, and disease experts are eyeing a full vaccination rate of 70% as a milestone when epidemic prevention measures, in...

Australian state's 50% jump in COVID-19 blamed on sport fans

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia’s Victoria state on Thursday reported a jump of more than 50% in daily COVID-19 cases, which authorities largely blame on Australian Rules Football parties last we...

Taipei mayor says city now meets criteria for relaxed COVID rules

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je (柯文哲) said on Friday (Sept. 24) the coronavirus pandemic has been brought under control in the capital and that it’s justifiable to scale back...

Taiwan's 1st-dose vaccination rate to reach 70% by end of October

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Premier Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌) on Wednesday (Sept. 22) told the Legislative Yuan that Taiwan's 1st-dose vaccination rate will reach 70% in a little over a month's ti...

Coronavirus: Is India entering the final stage of pandemic?

With COVID infections in India steadily decreasing, epidemiologists and virologists are more optimistic that the Indian health system will be able to better manage caseloads moving forward. In an int...

The Latest: Chinese city shuts down over new outbreak worry

BEIJING — Officials in the northeast China city of Harbin say national level health officials have been sent to the city to deal with what may be a coronavirus outbreak. The city of...

WHO, partners aim to get Africa 30% of needed doses by Feb

GENEVA (AP) — The World Health Organization and its partners said they hope to provide Africa with about 30% of the COVID-19 vaccines the continent needs by February, badly missing the 60% vaccination...

Taiwan to keep nightlife shut until vaccination coverage reaches 60%

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Nightlife venues across the country can only reopen once vaccine coverage reaches 60% for one shot, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) said Friday (Sept. 3). Ac...

Taiwan will not export Medigen vaccine for now

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Taiwan is unlikely to export its locally made Medigen Vaccine Biologics vaccine in the near future, despite reports Saturday (Aug. 28) that diplomatic ally Belize is inter...

Taiwan mulls preconditions for lowering COVID alert level

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — With no new local COVID-19 infections reported on two days this week, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) said Friday (Aug. 27) that continued containment and a hig...

Taiwan's 1st-dose vaccination rate surpasses 40%

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Taiwan's Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) announced Tuesday (Aug. 24) that over 40% of the population has received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. He...

WHO head calls for two-month vaccine booster moratorium

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — The head of the World Health Organization on Monday called for a two-month moratorium on administering booster shots of COVID-19 vaccines as a means of reducing global v...