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Virus Outbreak: Infection of Belgian likely happened in Taipei: expert

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National Taiwan University College of Public Health professor Tony Chen speaks at a news conference in Taipei yesterday.br /> Photo: Wu Po-hsuan, Taipei Times

A Belgian man who tested positive for COVID-19 in Taiwan last week is likely to have contracted the disease in Taipei in late June, National Taiwan University (NTU) College of Public Health vice dean Tony Chen (陳秀熙) said yesterday.

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Virus Outbreak: Belgian suspected of local infection

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Minister of Health and Welfare Chen Shih-chung speaks at a Central Epidemic Command Center briefing in Taipei yesterday.  
Photo courtesy of the Central Epidemic Command Center via CNA

The government is considering tightening mask-wearing rules again in light of a potential domestic COVID-19 infection, Minister of Health and Welfare Chen Shih-chung (陳時中) said yesterday.

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Tsai vows to liberalize finance rules

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President Tsai Ing-wen speaks at the opening ceremony of the 2020 Taiwan Capital Market Forum, held by the Liberty Times, in Taipei’s Neihu Disitrct yesterday.
Photo: Liu Hsin-de, Taipei Times

Taiwan would liberalize banking and investment rules to establish itself as a regional financial hub, President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) told the Taiwan Capital Market Forum in Taipei yesterday.

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Former president Lee Teng-hui dies

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Former president Lee Teng-hui, who passes away at 97 in Taipei yesterday, is pictured on the cover of Newsweek magazine in 1996.
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Former president Lee Teng-hui (李登輝) passed away at 7:24pm yesterday at Taipei Veterans General Hospital. He was 97 years old.

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Virus Outbreak: Five more imported cases confirmed

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Centers for Disease Control Deputy Director-General Chuang Jen-hsiang speaks at a Central Epidemic Command Center news conference in Taipei yesterday.
Photo: CNA

Five imported cases of COVID-19, four from the Philippines and one from Hong Kong, were reported yesterday, bringing the total confirmed cases in Taiwan to 467, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) said yesterday.

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Military eyeing defense against ‘drone swarm’

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A Special Service Company officer operates an anti-drone device in an undated photograph.
Screen grab from the Liberty Times’ Web site

The military is looking into countermeasures against the possible use of a “drone swarm” as part of a Chinese “decapitation strike” against Taiwan, a military official said on Saturday.

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Referendum with elections is best: speaker

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Legislative Speaker You Si-kun speaks at an event in Taipei on Thursday.
Photo: Liao Chen-huei, Taipei Times

Legislative Speaker You Si-kun touted the benefits of holding a referendum in 2022 along with the nine-in-one elections to deal with constitutional issues such as lowering the legal voting age and abolishing the Control Yuan and the Examination Yuan.

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Deputy Minister of National Defense Chang Che-ping speaks at a meeting of the legislature’s Foreign Affairs and National Defense Committee in Taipei yesterday.
Photo: CNA

The Ministry of National Defense (MND) yesterday confirmed media reports that it plans to purchase coastal defense cruise missile (CDCM) systems from the US, saying that they could be delivered by 2023, should Washington agree to sell.