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Blinken urges WHO to invite Taiwan

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The flag of the WHO flies at the organization’s headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, on March 5.
Photo: AFP

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Friday urged the WHO to invite Taiwan to participate in the World Health Assembly (WHA) as an observer, saying that China’s objections are to blame for Taiwan’s exclusion from the organization.

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Visiting patients banned in three cities

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Minister of Health and Welfare Chen Shih-chung speaks at an annual award ceremony at the ministry in Taipei yesterday honoring outstanding nurses.
Photo: CNA

The Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) yesterday banned visits to patients or residents at healthcare and long-term care facilities in three cities until May 17. It also reported six imported cases of COVID-19 and two cases with unclear infection sources.

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Koo Kwang-ming to quit adviser post

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Taiwan New Constitution Foundation founder Koo Kwang-ming answers reporters’ questions in Taipei yesterday.
Photo: CNA

Taiwan New Constitution Foundation founder Koo Kwang-ming (辜寬敏) yesterday said he would quit as Presidential Officer adviser over the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) government’s lack of progress in normalizing Taiwan as a state.

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New local case is pilot’s son: CECC

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Workers wearing medical coveralls collect samples from the Novotel Taipei Taoyuan International Airport quarantine hotel yesterday as they investigate a cluster of COVID-19 infections connected to the hotel.
Photo: CNA

The Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) yesterday reported one locally transmitted COVID-19 case, while viral genome sequencing has suggested a link between China Airlines (華航) pilots, their family members and workers at a quarantine hotel who contracted the virus.

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Nation sends oxygen machines to India

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Minister of Foreign Affairs Joseph Wu, second left, is pictured at a meeting of the legislature’s Foreign Affairs and National Defense Committee in Taipei yesterday.
Photo: Peter Lo, Taipei Times

The nation is to ship 150 oxygen machines to India this weekend, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said yesterday, while confirming that talks are underway to conduct clinical trials of a domestically developed COVID-19 vaccine in Paraguay.

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World leaders call for Taiwan at WHA

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The US House of Representatives Committee on Foreign Affairs expresses its support for Taiwan’s participation in the upcoming World Health Assembly meeting in a post on Twitter yesterday.
Photo: Screen grab from Twitter

Lawmakers and world leaders on Tuesday joined a campaign using the hashtag #LetTaiwanHelp, calling for the nation’s participation in next month’s World Health Assembly (WHA).

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COVID-19: Two more pilots test positive

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Minister of Health and Welfare Chen Shih-chung, right, who heads the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC), gestures as CECC specialist advisory panel convener Chang Shan-chwen looks on at a news conference in Taipei yesterday.
Photo: CNA

Two more China Airlines (CAL, 華航) cargo pilots have been diagnosed with COVID-19, adding up to seven pilots diagnosed with the virus over the past week, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) reported yesterday.

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A statue of Chiang Kai-shek next to Taichung’s Dali District Office sprayed with red paint and wearing a sign accusing Chiang of being responsible for the 228 Incident is pictured yesterday.
Photo: Chen Chien-chih, Taipei Times

The Gongsheng Music Festival, an annual event started by a group of young Taiwanese in 2013, this year is to feature a march marking the 70th anniversary of the 228 Incident.