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Home confinement for Wuhan returnees

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People returning to Taiwan from Wuhan, China, would be subject to compulsory home confinement for 14 days upon arrival, the Central Epidemic Command Center announced yesterday, as the government stepped up preventive efforts against the 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV).

If they fail to comply, the center would ask police to step in and have them quarantined in designated locations, officials said at a news conference in Taipei.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 29 January 2020 06:31 ) Read more...

Xi warns China facing ‘grave situation’

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Medical staff at the Wuhan Red Cross Hospital wear protective clothing yesterday in Wuhan, the capital of China’s Hubei Province.
Photo: AFP

Chinese President Xi Jinping (習近平) yesterday convened a Chinese Communist Party politburo meeting in Beijing, saying the nation is facing a grave situation, while Hong Kong declared the outbreak an “emergency” — the territory’s highest warning tier — as authorities ramped up measures to reduce the risk of further infections from a new coronavirus.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 29 January 2020 06:30 ) Read more...

China extends quarantine to 13 cities

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Heavy equipment is in use yesterday at the site where a 1,000-bed field hospital is being built in Wuhan, China, for patients with the 2019 novel coronavirus.
Photo: AP / Chinatopix

Chinese authorities yesterday expanded their mammoth quarantine effort to 13 cities and a staggering 41 million people, as nervous residents were checked for fevers and the death toll from the 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) climbed to 26.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 29 January 2020 06:30 ) Read more...

China locks down cities to curb virus

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A passenger stands after arriving at the nearly deserted train station in Wuhan, China, yesterday.
Photo: AFP

China yesterday locked down two major cities in a province at the center of a deadly coronavirus outbreak, banning airplanes and trains from leaving in an unprecedented move aimed at containing the disease, which has already spread to other countries.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 29 January 2020 06:29 ) Read more...

Police fire tear gas at crowded Hong Kong rally

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Officers detain an injured man after police dispersed a crowd gathered for a “universal siege on communists” rally at Chater Garden in Hong Kong yesterday.
Photo: AFP

Clashes yesterday broke out between protesters and police in Hong Kong, cutting short a rally after thousands had gathered at a park on Hong Kong Island to call for electoral reforms and a boycott of the Chinese Communist Party.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 29 January 2020 06:33 ) Read more...

Experts warn over scale of Wuhan outbreak

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Medical personnel carry a patient into Jinyintan hospital, where people infected with the novel coronavirus 2019 are being treated, in Wuhan, China, yesterday.
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The true scale of a viral pneumonia outbreak in China is likely far bigger than officially reported, scientists have said, as countries ramp up measures to prevent the disease from spreading.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 29 January 2020 06:33 ) Read more...

Control Yuan member slams judiciary

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Control Yuan member Chen Shih-meng is pictured at the Control Yuan in Taipei in an undated photograph.
Photo: Huang Hsin-po, Taipei Times

Control Yuan member Chen Shih-meng (陳師孟) yesterday said that he would not change his decision to resign, while accusing the judiciary of opposing change and resisting an investigation into alleged misconduct and perceived political and personal bias in rulings.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 29 January 2020 06:34 ) Read more...

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Democratic Progressive Party Chairman Su Tseng-chang, left, gestures while walking along a sidewalk yesterday outside the National Diet Building in Tokyo, Japan, where he is visiting to discuss bilateral relations and Asia-Pacific security and stability.
Photo: Lee Hsin-fang, Taipei Times

Taiwan-Japan relations could be strengthened to promote regional stability because both countries share the values of democracy, freedom and human rights, Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Chairman Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌) said in Tokyo yesterday.

“The DPP hopes that Taiwan and Japan can strengthen their bilateral partnership as members of a democratic alliance, which would make the Asia-Pacific a region of security, stability and prosperity by promoting dialogue and closer engagement,” Su said on the second day of his five-day visit to Japan.