About the entry of students to study Mandarin in TaiwanThe global Covid-19 pandemic is continuing to spread rapidly, and plans to ease restrictions on the entry of students to study Mandarin in Taiwan are currently still under careful assessment. Any changes will be announced on the Ministry of Education’s News Updates page: https://english.moe.gov.tw/cpview-117-24173-6539f-1.html.
MOFA announces third wave of international humanitarian assistance in wake of COVID-19The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of China (Taiwan) is launching a third wave of international humanitarian assistance in response to the continued spread of the coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak, donating 7.07 million face masks to the United States, European Union and its member states, diplomatic allies, New Southbound Policy partner countries, and African and Middle Eastern nations. The R.O.C. government announced two earlier waves of humanitarian assistance on April 1 and April 9, donating face masks and other medical supplies to support frontline medical personnel as they fight the pandemic in countries that have been severely affected. This has drawn recognition and gratitude from around the world. Echoing the belief that Taiwan can help, and Taiwan is helping, many individual Taiwanese are also taking substantive action. Within just one week, a “Taiwan can help, Health for all” campaign had seen Taiwanese people gift 3.93 million face masks for overseas donation as of May 5. These masks will be part of Taiwan’s third wave of assistance. In this wave, 2.28 million face masks will go to the US federal government and hard-hit US states, 1.3 million to the EU and its member states, 1.09 million to Taiwan’s diplomatic allies, and 1.8 million to New Southbound Policy partner countries. Another 600,000 masks will also go to Africa and the Middle East, and to assist medics working with Syrian refugees. Taiwan also continues to expand antipandemic cooperation with the US, Europe, and other countries. In addition to cooperating on the research and development of pharmaceuticals and vaccines, Taiwan has also worked with the US to organize an online workshop on countering COVID-19 disinformation under our Global Cooperation and Training Framework, and conducted videoconferences with US think tanks and universities. For example, Vice President Chen Chien-jen spoke at a videoconference hosted by Johns Hopkins University. Elsewhere, government agencies are also actively working with European nations on the research and development of COVID-19 vaccines. As the world toils to fight the COVID-19 pandemic, Taiwan is doing all it can, and is proud to be supporting frontline medics and associated personnel in other countries. We firmly believe that the prevention and containment of COVID-19 transcends borders, and that only mutual assistance and mutually beneficial cooperation can build a solid line of defense. Taiwan is willing and able to contribute even more to global public health. (Data source:Ministry of Foreign Affairs)
Taiwan records zero coronavirus cases for third straight dayTAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Taiwan's Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) on Sunday (May 10) announced no new cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) to report, meaning the country has gone 28 days without reporting a single local transmission. During his daily press conference Sunday afternoon, Health Minister and CECC head Chen Shih-chung (陳時中) announced there were zero new coronavirus cases detected for the third straight day. As of Sunday afternoon, the total number of Taiwan's confirmed COVID-19 cases stood at 440. As the response to the pandemic situation in Taiwan has continued to show promising results, Chen emphasized that the island nation's success in containing the spread of the virus should be credited to frontline medical workers as well as Taiwanese citizens, who have complied with the government's guidelines. He added that Sunday is Mother's Day and that the country's 28-day streak of having no local cases is the best present to all Taiwanese mothers. Chen also pointed out that Taiwan has a higher recovery rate of 83 percent for its COVID-19 patients, compared to the global average of 34 percent. Meanwhile, the death toll in Taiwan remained at six, while 366 patients have been released from hospital isolation. (Data Source: Taiwan News)
Taiwan reports zero new coronavirus cases, 26 days without local infection355 of Taiwan's coronavirus cases have been released from hospital isolation. TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Taiwan's Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) on Friday (May 8) announced zero new cases of Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) and 26 days without a new local case. During his daily press conference on Friday afternoon, Minister of Health and Welfare Chen Shih-chung (陳時中) announced there were no new cases of coronavirus. Taiwan's total number of coronavirus cases still stands at 440. The CECC announced that they received 422 reports of people with suspected symptoms on Thursday (May 7). Since the outbreak began, Taiwan has carried out 66,460 tests for COVID-19, with 65,211 coming back negative. Taiwan has now extended its streak of no new local infections to 26 days. Out of 440 total confirmed cases, 349 were imported, 55 were local, and 36 came from the Navy's Goodwill Fleet. Up until now, only six patients have succumbed, while 355 have been released from hospital isolation. (Data source : Taiwan News)
CECC confirms 1 more imported COVID-19 case; woman travels to Qatar for work and contracts coronavirusOn May 7, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) announced one new confirmed imported case of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in Taiwan. Case #440 is an over 20-year-old female who visited Qatar for work in the second half of February. She was diagnosed with COVID-19 on March 10 and received medical treatment in Qatar. After being treated, she was tested negative for COVID-19 twice and returned to her dormitory on April 8. The CECC reported that the case didn’t show any symptoms when she returned to Taiwan on May 3. She voluntarily reported her previous diagnosis of COVID-19 to quarantine officers at the airport upon arrival. Although she was tested negative for COVID-19 on May 4, she had diarrhea the same day. Health agencies then arranged her medical care and COVID-19 testing on May 5. Infection with COVID-19 was laboratory-confirmed in the case on May 7. The CECC is investigating passengers on the same flight as the case to identify contacts of the case. (Data source:Taiwan Centers for Disease Control)
CECC lifts certain epidemic prevention measures as Taiwan’s coronavirus numbers stabilizeOn May 6, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) announced that starting from May 8, Taiwanese people who haven’t left Hubei, China can return to Taiwan on their own but they should take enhanced precautions during their trip back and undergo a 14-day period of group quarantine after entry. Furthermore, the CECC loosened the restrictions on applications for the lodging sites of high mountain national parks; starting from May 7, applications for the lodging sites in Yushan National Park, Taroko National Park and Shei-Pa National Park will be accepted according to the new requirements of lodging site capacity. The CECC further announced that each regular season game of the Chinese Professional Baseball League (CPBL) can be attended by 1,000 spectators starting from May 8. (Data source:Taiwan Centers for Disease Control)