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Taiwan CECC reports 'ZERO' new cases of COVID-19 for 6 consecutive days

Taiwan's Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) on Friday (May 1) announced no new confirmed COVID-19 cases for the sixth time.

The total number of coronavirus patients for the country remained at 429, including six earlier deaths and 324 patients who had been released from isolation after treatment at hospitals, thus leaving only 99 patients still being treated.

The total number of virus cases included 374 imported and 55 local transmissions. The imported cases also included 31 crew members of the Navy’s Pan Shi during a mission with a stop in the Pacific ally of Palau. Friday’s results meant that no domestic transmission had occurred for 19 days.

The command center announced the new life epidemic prevention guidelines, which reminded the public not to touch their eyes, nose and mouth when going out. Meters, it is best to maintain an appropriate social distance of more than 1 meter outdoors. Wear a mask throughout the journey of public transportation.

In addition, "Daytime is better when going out", and it is the first place that is open and not crowded. If you choose to go to tourist attractions, national parks, recreation areas, and markets, commercial districts, temples, etc., the site has been If there is a crowd, it is recommended to go to another location or patiently cooperate with the flow control measures.

OFW caregiver issue erupts tensions between Taiwan and Philippines sovereignty dispute

Taiwan has demanded the Philippines to stop referring to the island as a part of China, as tensions again flare between Taipei and Manila in a sovereignty row over a Filipino domestic helper.

Taipei instructed its office in Manila to file a formal protest with after Philippine presidential spokesman Harry Roque said Taiwan was part of China while commenting on the helper’s deportation case.

"China has never ruled Taiwan for one day, and only the popularly elected Taiwan government can represent the country's 23 million people internationally," Taiwan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokeswoman Joanne Ou said.

"The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has instructed our representative office in the Philippines to immediately negotiate with the Philippines to express their protests. We solemnly call on the government officials of the Philippines to face up to the facts and stop misrepresenting Taiwan as a part of China," Ou added.

Palace denied it was seeking Ordidor’s deportation, saying the Philippines upheld freedom of expression. Philippines’ top envoy in Taiwan, Angelito Banay also said he had received no instructions from the presidential office to seek the deportation.

"We leave that wholly to Taiwan and China. Taiwan is part of China," Roque said with a decision on whether the caregiver should be deported rests with Taipei and Beijing.

Taipei responded on Thursday, protesting against Roque’s comments. The foreign ministry also stressed that Taiwan was ruled by law and all migrant workers were protected by the island’s laws.


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OFW in Taiwan called Duterte supporters “fools” as she meet a brutal week of cyber bullying

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Ordidor acknowledged that she used rough language in her video and was totally harsh towards Duterte supporters, describing them as “fools” for supporting Duterte’s COVID-19 policies, in a report by Ketagalan Media.

She also acknowledged that should Duterte give her the opportunity, she would slap him.

She felt that it was unjust that she had been targeted for expressing anti-Duterte views, while vloggers that expressed similarly dismissive opinions on Philippine Vice President Leni Robredo were allowed to do so without similar demands being placed on them.

Ordidor had experienced a brutal week of cyber bullying in which Duterte supporters much criticized her views with thousands supports petition was reported to deport her.

Meanwhile, maligning a person using Facebook was a criminal matter in the Philippines according to Labor Attaché Fidel Macauyag in Taiwan.

“We are constrained to act for the deportation of a Filipina working as a caregiver in Taiwan for the crime of cyber libel for wilful posting of nasty and malevolent materials against President Duterte on Facebook, intended to cause hatred amidst the global health crisis brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic,” Macauyag said.

Ordidor allegedly posted content to Facebook under several aliases, including “Linn Silawan.” The press release claimed, without evidence, that Ordidor was in violation of Republic Act No. 10175, a law governing cyber crimes.


Patients describes coronavirus swab test is like “being stabbed in the brain”

Jessica Peck, a doctor in the US, shared the image on Twitter saying: ‘This is how far back we have to put the swab to test you for #COVID19. You might want to follow medical recommendations and #StayHome.’

The image shared is a "nasopharyngeal swab test" which is a common testing method for viruses and it's the test that has to be done to test for COVID-19.

Check her tweet below:

The swab is about six inches long and is inserted into the cavity between the nose and mouth. They keep it there for about 15 seconds, while rotating it and then repeat the swab in the other nostril which is standard worldwide.

After the swab test, the sample being sent off to a lab to look for genetic material of the coronavirus within the patient's DNA.

Other test will involve pricking a finger to produce a drop of blood, and will reveal whether a person has already had Covid-19.


PH submits suspect in NT$200 million investment scam to Taiwan authorities

The Philippines on Thursday (April 30) handed over and set a flight back to Taiwan for the  woman wanted for alleged involvement in a NT$200 million (US$6.72 million) financial scandal.

Because of  coronavirus scare, the suspect named, Tu Kai-ling was urged to accept her return to Taiwan to cooperate with the investigation after residing in the Southeast Asian country for years, reported CNA.

Tu said that from April to November 2016, together with her brother and her husband, they developed a subsidiary and  growing DoubleDragon group  in Taiwan.

According to CNA, the suspects also introduced "Buffalo Island" where they promised a solid return to investors. In just a year, the they succeeded in attracting NT$200 million worth of investments in violation of Taiwanese banking laws.

While in the middle of investigation, Tu went to Shanghai on October 26, 2016 and moved to the Philippines three year slater after obtaining an investment visa.

The Ministry of Justice Investigation Bureau and the immigration services of both Taiwan and the Philippines cooperated to monitor Tu’s movements and finally, on Feb. 17, the authorities struck and arrested the Taiwanese woman. However, her brother was still on the run.

Kaohsiung's Tower 85 flashes 'zero' as Taiwan reports no new cases of COVID-19

The Kaohsiung's 85 Sky Tower, or "Tower 85" in Taiwan lighted up its window to form the number zero as Taiwan reported no new cases of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), fourth day in a row.

An American doctor posted the photo of the tower which was taken on Wednesday (April 29) at 7:10 pm on Sanduo 4th Road, in Kaohsiung's Lingya District. At that time, the island nation was on its fourth day without any newly reported cases of coronavirus.

On Thursday, Taiwan's Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) recorded no new cases of COVID-19 for five straight days marking the 18th day that the country had not reported a local case.

So far, Taiwan only has 429 total cases, 343 were imported, 55 were local, and 31 came from the "Goodwill Fleet." Meanwhile, there are only six who have succumbed from the disease and 322 who have been released from hospital isolation.

The authorities are still urging the public who feels unwell to call the toll-free disease prevention hotline at 1922. The CECC also adviced patients to proactively inform doctors of their travel history and every person they have recently come into contact with.

PH so far tests 89,000 people for COVID-19; 88% turned out negative says DOH

The Department of Health (DOH) has so far conducted over 89,000 tests for the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) nationwide in which 88% of them or 78,730 of the tests have came out with negative results while 10,139 or 11% came out with positive results for COVID-19.

Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire explained that disparity between confirmed COVID-19 cases and the number of positive tests is due to the need for validation.

There are also individuals who undergo repeat testing for the disease, as recommended by some hospitals, “Ang total positive tests ay maaaring mas mataas sa confirmed cases dahil dumadaan pa sa case validation and processing,” the Health official said in a virtual press briefing.

COVID-19 is a respiratory illness caused by the novel coronavirus or SARS-CoV-2, the outbreak of which started in China’s Wuhan City in Hubei province in late 2019.

For most people, the virus causes mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough that clear up in two to three weeks. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia, and death.

For 5 straight days, Taiwan CECC announces no new coronavirus cases

Zero diagnosis for 5 consecutive days!  The Central Epidemic Command Center announced today (April 30) that there were no new cases in Taiwan.

Chen announced no new cases of the virus. This marks the 18th day that the country has not reported a local case and the first time that zero cases (imported or domestic) have been reported five days in a row.

Chen said that of the 31 sailors in the "Goodwill Fleet" cluster, 1,996 contacts have been traced by the health department. Of those persons, 585 are undergoing home isolation, while 1,411 have implemented self-health management.

Four hundred eighty (480) of these contacts have been tested for the virus and 465 have tested negative. Since the outbreak began, Taiwan has carried out 62,844 tests for COVID-19, with 61,354 coming back negative.

PH receives over 750,000 face mask and 16,500 PPEs from Vietnamese business tycoon

The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Wednesday (April 29), said  Vietnamese business tycoon Johnathan Hanhn Nguyen, has donated over 750,000 face masks and 16,500 personal protective equipment (PPE) in the Philippines as an aid in fight against coronavirus pandemic.

The DFA said on a statement that Secretary Teddy Locsin Jr. received the donations from Nguyen through his son and representative Henry Serrano Nguyen in a small turnover ceremony.

The donor himself arranged a chartered flight to bring the medical supplies in the country with the assistance of the Department of Finance, Bureau of Customs and other agencies, the DFA added.

Locsin also extended his expression of gratitude to the helping hands of Nguyen, saying that his donations is important to the Philippine government's fight against COVID-19.

As of the moment, Philippines now has 8,212 cases of COVID-19 while Vietnam has among the lowest rate of coronavirus infection in the world with only 270 confirmed cases.

1,413 undocumented migrant workers in Taiwan surrender and seized in a month

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1,413 undocumented migrant workers illegally staying in Taiwan have turned themselves in or been seized over the past month under an expanded amnesty program launched because of the COVID-19 outbreak, CNA reported.

These migrant workers are those who ran away from their employers before their visa expired which have been reached by law enforcement officers and the National Immigration Agency (NIA).

The authorities in Taiwan worry the migrants will become a loophole in their efforts to control the spread of the virus. Illegal migrants work in the black market do not have access to health insurance or medical care, the report added.

Additionally, 661 foreign spouses and white collar office workers who overstayed their visas have surrendered or seized by authorities are part of of the amnesty program of Taiwan.

Under the Expanded Overstayers Voluntary Departure Program effective between April 1 and June 30, a total of 1,094 of the illegal stayers voluntarily turned themselves over to law enforcement agencies, while 980 were seized by relevant authorities.

Undocumented migrant workers reporting to law enforcement for voluntary departure from Taiwan will be exempt from mandatory detention and will receive a minimal fine of NT$2,000 (US$66.53) and no re-entry ban.


Taiwan slams Roque remarks and instructed its Manila office to file a protest, MECO apologized

Taiwan rejected a Philippine official's remarks that it is part of China, and Beijing therefore can help decide whether a Filipina caregiver in Taiwan should be deported to Manila, after she allegedly criticized the Philippine president, CNA reported.

"China has never ruled Taiwan for one day, and only the popularly elected Taiwan government can represent the country's 23 million people internationally," MOFA spokeswoman Joanne Ou said.

"The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has instructed our representative office in the Philippines to immediately negotiate with the Philippines to express their protests. We solemnly call on the government officials of the Philippines to face up to the facts and stop misrepresenting Taiwan as a part of China," Ou added.

"We leave that wholly to Taiwan and China. Taiwan is part of China," Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said with a decision on whether the caregiver should be deported rests with Taipei and Beijing.

Ou said Manila should go through the legal process and submit a request through the Agreement on Mutual Legal Assistance in Criminal Matters, which was signed between Taiwan and the Philippines in 2013.

"We can negotiate with the Philippine government in accordance with relevant agreements," Ou said.

Meanwhile, Manila Economic & Cultural Office (MECO) in Taiwan has apologized to Taiwan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) for the statement released by a Philippine labor official seeking the deportation of a Filipina caregiver who was critical of President Rodrigo Duterte.


Three immigration consulatants prosecuted for selling fake Philippine passports

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Three immigration consultants were charged with document forgery by Taipei prosecutors on Wednesday for allegedly selling fake Philippine passports to local parents wishing to enroll their children in an American school in Taiwan.

Wang Chuan-hung, owner of Chau Morn Consultants Co. and two other associates, were indicted for selling fake Philippine passports to Taiwanese parents seeking to obtain foreign passports to help their children get enrolled at the Asia American International Academy (AAIA), the Taipei Prosecutors' Office said.

The school opened in New Taipei's Linkou District in 2016. The three were accused of selling counterfeit Philippine passports at prices between NT$120,000 (US$4,000) and NT$200,000 apiece, the office said.

With the help of colluding Taiwanese expatriates in the Philippines, Wang was able to produce the counterfeit passports that were identical to the real ones, with Taipei prosecutors saying that traits of forgery were hard to detect, even when they were examined under ultraviolet light.

In May 2019, Taipei prosecutors and Investigation Bureau agents raided offices and residences of the three following a tip-off. Wang was later released on NT$1 million bail, while another consultant identified by his surname Chu (朱) was granted one- year probation and fined NT$150,000.

In addition, 21 Taiwanese parents were given probation and handed fines ranging from NT$120,000 to NT$200,000. As for the Taiwanese who colluded from the Philippines, warrants for their arrest will soon be issued, the office said. (By CNA)


PH records 48 new COVID-19 recoveries bringing the total to 1,023

The Department of Health (DOH) on Wednesday, announced 48 new recoveries reaching the total number of patients who have recovered from the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in the country to 1,023.

Today's bulletin also logged 254 newly infected individuals bringing the total number of COVID-19 cases to 8,212. Meanwhile, death toll has rose to 558 after 28 more fatalities have been recorded.

Data from the DOH showed that the 19 accredited laboratories nationwide have tested 85,596 people as of Monday,  88.3 percent of whom tested negative while 11.6 percent were positive.

Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire earlier said, the country will not be able to meet its target testing capacity of 8,000 per day by Thursday after some 40 staff at the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine contracted COVID-19. 

Metro Manila and several provinces are under enhanced community quarantine, marked by stay-at-home orders and suspension of most work and mass transportation, to contain the spread of COVID-19.

Worldwide, COVID-19 has infected more than 3.1 million people and killed over 217,000 since the outbreak began in Wuhan, China in December 2019.

University in Taiwan creates first full-size deployable COVID-19 hospital called "Qure"

National Cheng Kung University (NCKU) based in Tainan has developed the island's first deployable quarantine hospital to prepare for the potential coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, which has killed millions of people around the world.

“We are very proud to declare that we are the first in the world to have presented a readily deployable temporary quarantine hospital with innovation and human needs incorporated into the design,” said NCKU President Jenny Su at a press conference on Tuesday morning (April 28).

Su added that the design of the quarantine hospital mirrors Taiwan's proactive, and technology-based disease prevention efforts which have been praised by foreign countries. The project may not be perfect but it is ready to be used anywhere around the world, she said.

According to the university, the project will be made available to the world as an open-source design, with all related documents and graphics downloadable in both Chinese and English on the NCKU website. The hospital can be continuously improved upon by other parties according to their needs.

The project, titled the Quarantine Unit for Recovery, Emergency, and Ecology, or simply QurE, is part of the university's effort to help in times of emergency. It was also built with an aim to provide a deployable quarantine hospital that meets the standards of the authorities’ coronavirus response while also reaching its goal of sustainable development.

355 out of 440 COVID-19 patients in Taiwan fully recovered with 4 straight days of "ZERO" cases

Taiwan now discharged a total of 355 patients diagnosed with coronavirus or COVID-19 from hospitals in Taiwan after recovering and testing negative with the virus, according to statistics of Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

The bar for releasing a COVID-19 patient from hospital and quarantine has been set at three negative tests instead of just two to reduce the possibility of a recurrence according to Health and Welfare Minister and Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) head Chen Shih-chung.

Zero diagnosis of COVID-19 in Taiwan still continues. The Central Epidemic Command Center announced yesterday (May 8) that there were no new cases in Taiwan.

Taiwan still doesn't allow foreign visitors to pass by as long as transparency is showed. Additionally, Taiwan currently relaxes some of its social distancing guidelines.

The command center reminded again that the people should do hand hygiene and cough etiquette. 

Taiwan goes "ZERO" again for 4 consecutive days, 0 cases of COVID-19 once again

Zero diagnosis for 4 consecutive days!  The Central Epidemic Command Center announced today (April 29) that there were no new cases in Taiwan.

There are 429 domestic cases of COVID-19, of which 343 were imported overseas, 55 local cases and 31 from the Navy Fleet.

The command center reminded again that the people should do hand hygiene and cough etiquette.  

When entering the country from abroad, if you have fever, cough and other uncomfortable symptoms, you should take the initiative to notify the airport and sea port quarantine personnel and cooperate with the epidemic prevention measures.

After returning home, you should implement 14-day home quarantine.  The city care center, and follow the instructions to seek medical treatment, do not take public transportation; when visiting the doctor, be sure to inform the doctor about travel history, occupation, contact history and whether it is clustered for timely diagnosis and notification.

South Korea donates COVID-19 test kits to PH worth P25.4 million

The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) reported on Saturday that the South Korean government handed out detection kits for coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) amounting $500,000 which is equivalent to 25.4 million in peso.

The 700 units of Q-Sens 2019-nCoV detection kits arrived on Friday night in Manila and was turned over to DFA central office in Pasay City the next day. Through the effort of South Korea ambassador to the Phippines Han Dong-man, the kits were received by Foreign Secretary Teodor Locsin Jr. , Health Secretary Francisco Duque III and the National Task Force.

According to the DFA, the detection kits can perform up to 35,000 tests which can help in the country's effort to increase its testing capacity. 

“The provision of these test kits will be instrumental in the country's war against COVID-19. I am thankful to the Republic of Korea for its unending support. Only through international solidarity and cooperation like this will we be able to succeed against this global enemy,” said Duque in a statement.

As of the moment the Philippines now has 18 laboratories which is capable of conducting 4,500 test everday. Meanwhile, the total number of COVID-19 cases in the country have already reached 7,579 in which 862 have recovered.

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Oxford University scientists develops a vaccine for COVID-19 that may be available by September

A vaccine for COVID-19 may be available this coming September, according to Oxford University scientists who are developing it. A total of 510 people between the ages of 18 and 55 have been recruited to take part in the human trial, The Times reported.

The vaccine may be ready as soon as September, Dr. Sarah Gilbert, a professor of vaccinology at Oxford from the same team, told The Times on Saturday.

She said she was “80 percent confident” that the vaccine being developed by her team of researchers would work and would become available to the general public in about five months.

"This is my view, because I've worked with this technology a lot, and I've worked on the Mers-vaccine trials [another type of coronavirus], and I've seen what that can do,” Dr. Gilbert said. "And, I think, it has a very strong chance of working."

Over 80 potential vaccine candidates and treatments for coronavirus are being developed in labs around the world, most in pre-clinical stages. Research are taking place at unprecedented speed - years of work are being condensed into months.


3 scammers in Tainan nabbed by police that sells masks thru Facebook and Line app

The Tainan City Police Department announced that a 26-year-old man was arrested for allegedly carrying out a face mask scam through Facebook and messaging app Line, CNA reported.

It is believed the man defrauded over 100 people out of nearly NT$1 million. Two accomplices were also arrested, the police said, one for lending the suspect the phone he used to contact his victims and another for channeling the financial transactions through his bank account.

Demand for masks surged in Taiwan following the COVID-19 outbreak in Wuhan, China, causing the government to introduce rationing starting on Feb. 6.

The program initially allowed holders of National Health Insurance cards to each buy two masks per week at designated pharmacies. 

That was later increased to three per week, then nine every fortnight, and an online ordering system was introduced in March.


Taiwan rejects PH request for deportation of Filipina caregiver who insulted the president

Taiwan's foreign ministry has rejected reported attempts by the Philippines to secure the deportation of a Filipina worker accused of "cyber-libel" against President Rodrigo Duterte.

Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) spokeswoman Joanne Ou (pic) stated in a news conference on Tuesday (April 28) that Taiwan is a democratic country and all foreign workers have the same treatment as Taiwan citizens and that "their rights are protected, including freedom of speech."

Ou made the remarks in response to questions about reports that Manila's Department of Labour and Employment (DOLE) had pushed Taipei to deport a Filipina caregiver for alleged libel against Duterte on her Facebook page under a Philippine law criminalizing dissemination of "fake news" during the Covid-19 (coronavirus) pandemic.

Philippine media also reported that DOLE agents had met the worker, her employer and broker to "enlighten" her that her actions "amounted to a crime."

Ou added that Manila should follow "legal procedures" through bilateral judicial assistance channels if it believed the worker in question had violated Philippine law.

The MOFA spokeswoman added that "other countries should respect our system" and said "no agency has the right to exert pressure on this worker or her employer or labour broker."

Although Ou said the DOLE had denied the media reports, Duterte's spokesman Harry Roque told reporters on Tuesday that Manila was "looking into this."

"We approve of MOFA's affirmation that foreign workers have the same rights as citizens, including freedom of speech," Taiwan Association for Human Rights secretary-general Shih Yi-hsiang told dpa. (By The Star)


2 recovered COVID-19 patients from Davao City tested positive again, says DOH

After recovering, two coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) patients from Davao City  tested positive again for the disease, said the Department of Health (DOH) on Sunday (April 26).

Health Undersecretary Rosario Vergeire confirmed the situations of the two patients during a virtual press briefing. The two patients were previously discharged from Southern Philippines Medical Center but tested positive again after two weeks of home quarantine.

“Patuloy po ang pag-aaral ng DOH at ng ating mga eksperto tungkol sa posibilidad ng reinfection o reactivation ng COVID-19. Wala pa pong sapat na ebidensiya upang magbigay ng pahayag dito sa ngayon",  Vergeire said.

The two already took a third test wherein one turned out to be negative while the other is still waiting for the result.

According to Vergeire, it is possible for a recovered COVID-19 patient to test positive again for the disease but that is not an indication of reinfection. She also added that the test may have detected remnant virus, which is no longer infectious, from the patient.

Meanwhile, the World Health Organization has claimed that there is still no concrete evidence that people who have recovered from COVID-19 and have antibodies are protected from a second infection.

Human rights advocates blasted MECO, DOLE after “harassment” to OFW caregiver in Taiwan

Migrante International, an agency that focuses on the human rights of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) had issued a statement regarding the actions of MECO POLO in Taichung as harassment.

“Migrante International denounces in the strongest terms the harassment being done against Elanel Egot Ordidor, an OFW caregiver, by DOLE and its POLO officials in Taiwan including Labor Attaché Fidel A. Macauyag,” the non-government organization stated.

“There are thousands upon thousands of distressed, abused, stranded and neglected OFWs needing to be rescued and assisted but these overseas POLO officials opted instead to expend all their time in the world to gang up on Ordidor on the mere basis of her critical views against President Duterte. This is definitely meant to divert people’s attention from the Duterte regime’s inutility in addressing the COVID-19 pandemic and recession in the Philippines,” they added.

Meanwhile, Lennon Wong, an official of Taoyuan-based Serve the People Association (SPA) criticized MECO POLO for exceeding its mark.

Any person has the rights to express his/her opinion on the politics, it is just part of the freedom of speech and international human rights,” Wong said. “You can have different ideas, and you can argue about it, but you can’t shut his/her mouth.”

Wong believed that Ordidor she hadn’t broken any laws in Taiwan, contradicting claims of MECO that a deportation is taking place on political grounds that has the potential to damage Taiwan’s international standing.

“It is really disturbing to see some government officials from the Philippines trying to silence a Filipino migrant worker who just expressed some of her thoughts including complaints on the Philippine government.” he said.


Tawain officials commends 'Taiwan Model' to PH for containing COVID-19 without lockdown

As the Philippines re-opens its economy, Taiwan's representative to the Philippines discussed that Taiwan can provide a model for controlling COVID-19 without  imposing a lockdown.

Representative Michael Hsu said that Taiwan have learned enough after experiencing an outbreak of severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) in 2003. The country even established the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) to better coordinate its response across government departments.

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the CECC has helped the government quickly implement prevention measures, mobilize resources, trace contacts and monitor the outbreak using big data analysis, Hsu said.

The representative added that CECC press conferences, which raise public awareness, and Taiwan's strong national health care system has also helped the country in containing the virus successfully.

With all of these, Hsu argued that Taiwan can provide a model for containing COVID-19 without a lockdown. He  also reiterated the government's repeated call for Taiwan to be admitted into the World Health Organization (WHO).

Taipei restaurant not permitting foreigners for dine-in, draws anger to foreign residents in Taiwan

Foreign residents in Taiwan bursted in anger after a restaurant in Taipei posted a discriminatory sign saying that only Taiwanese are allowed to dine inside while foreigners can only have a takeout order.

A member of a Facebook group, Foreigners Society in Taiwan, on Monday (April 27), shared a photo of the sign posted in an Italian restaurant and cat cafe in Taipei's Xinyi District. The person who posted the image said that the photo had been taken by a friend when they visited the restaurant on Sunday (April 26). He said he was so upset by the restaurant's discriminatory policy that he threatened to call the police.

"Due to COVID-19 impact, we don't have choice to service foreigner take out only. For local, please make sure wear mask in public area", the sign reads.

Taiwan news asked the restaurant for an explanation  behind the sign, the management then said that the the announcement was created weeks ago because some customers from abroad had allegedly recently returned from overseas without staying under quarantine for the full 14 days as is required. 

The restaurant later on apologized to everyone even though they claimed that the sign was just meant to to enforce "strict rules" to "protect public health."

Taiwan announced another zero new COVID-19 cases for 3 days straight

Taiwan's Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) on Tuesday (April 28) announced that there were no new cases of COVID-19  for a record third day in a row, total still 429.

Chen announced no new cases of the virus in the country. This marks the 16th day that Taiwan has not reported a local case and the first time that zero cases imported or domestic have been reported for three days in a row.

Chen said that of the 31 sailors in the "Goodwill Fleet" cluster, 1,916 contacts have been traced by the health department. Of those persons, 585 are undergoing home isolation, while 1,331 have implemented self-health management.

321 of these contacts have undergone testing for the virus and 262 have tested negative. Since the outbreak of the pandemic began, Taiwan has carried out 61,684 tests for COVID-19 and 59,857 have come back negative.

The center will continue to trace the infected sailors' public movements after disembarking from their ships, and it will publish them on the internet. Chen reminded the public that if they had been to the same places at the same time as the confirmed cases, they should undergo self-health management for the next 14 days and wear a mask when going out.

Those who feel unwell are advised to call the toll-free disease prevention hotline at 1922. The center also recommends that when seeking medical attention, patients should proactively inform doctors of their travel history and all persons they have recently come into contact with.

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Taiwan’s local COVID-19 epidemic may end by June if slow down continues in next two weeks

Taiwan's Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) announced another day of COVID-19 free in the country, if the trend of slowing down continues, the local epidemic will end by June according to health minister Chen Shih-chung.

Chen responded to a question by Kuomintang (KMT) legislator Tseng Ming-chung if there were no new coronavirus cases over the next two weeks whether the domestic epidemic could be said to have come to an end in Taiwan by June, such outcome was possible according to the health minister.

Chen added that even if the domestic epidemic slowed down, the global pandemic was unlikely to end soon globally.

Taiwan has recorded 429 cases of the disease, 343 of which have been classified as imported and 55 as local infections, according to CECC statistics. Taiwan only recorded 6 death on out of its total confirmed cases.

1,916 people had been listed as having come into contact with the 31 confirmed cases in the Navy cluster, and 585 of them were in home isolation.

The other 1,331 contacts have been asked to practice "self-health management," which means wearing a mask at all times, recording their temperature twice a day, and minimizing the time spent in public, according to the CECC.


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