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Virus Outbreak: CECC reports first coronavirus death

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Minister of Health and Welfare Chen Shih-chung is flanked by Centers for Disease Control Director-General Chou Jih-haw, left, and National Taiwan University vice president Chang Shan-chwen as he briefs reporters at a news conference at the Central Epidemic Command Center in Taipei yesterday.
Photo: Chien Jung-fong, Taipei Times

The Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) yesterday announced two new confirmed cases of COVID-19 infection in Taiwan, one of whom died on Saturday.

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Virus Outbreak: Taiwan to evacuate cruise passengers

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The Diamond Princess cruise ship is docked at the Daikoku Pier Cruise Terminal in Yokohama, Japan, on Friday.
Photo: EPA-EFE

The government is negotiating with Japanese officials to arrange the evacuation of Taiwanese passengers quarantined on a cruise ship off the coast of Yokohama, Minister of Health and Welfare Chen Shih-chung (陳時中) said yesterday.

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Virus Outbreak: Ban on Chinese minors to remain

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The departure area of Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport stands almost deserted yesterday. Less than 60,000 people entered and left the country through the airport on Tuesday — a 10-year low.
Photo: Tony Yao, Taipei Times

The Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) yesterday announced that Chinese minor children of Taiwanese and Chinese couples would continue to be banned from entering Taiwan.

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US states urged to resist pressure on Taiwan

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US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, left, and National Security Adviser Robert O’Brien walk outside the White House in Washington on Thursday.
Photo: Bloomberg

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Saturday urged US governors to resist Chinese pressure to shun Taiwan, as he warned that Beijing was increasingly taking its diplomatic battle to the local level.

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Virus Outbreak: MAC to suspend the ‘big three links’

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Minister of Health and Welfare Chen Shih-chung, left, speaks at a news conference in Taipei yesterday as Deputy Minister of the Interior Chen Tsung-yen looks on.
Photo: Chien Jung-fong, Taipei Times

The Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) yesterday announced that the “big three links” are to be suspended, effective tomorrow, due to the threat of the 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV).

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Virus Outbreak: US, China clash over Taiwan at WHO

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US Ambassador to the UN in Geneva Andrew Bremberg, center, speaks at a news conference at the European headquarters of the UN in Geneva, Switzerland, on Wednesday.
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The US yesterday urged the WHO to “engage directly with Taiwan public health authorities” in the fight against the 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV).

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Chinese banned from entering Taiwan

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Seated from left, Centers for Disease Control Director-General Chou Jih-haw, Minister of Health and Welfare Chen Shih-chung, Minister of the Interior Hsu Kuo-yung and Mainland Affairs Council Minister Chen Ming-tong report on the 2019 novel coronavirus situation at the Central Epidemic Command Center in Taipei yesterday.
Photo: Liu Hsin-de, Taipei Times

From today, all Chinese nationals are banned from entering Taiwan, while people who have traveled to China, Hong Kong or Macau in the previous 14 days are to be put under mandatory home quarantine for 14 days after returning to Taiwan, the Central Epidemic Command Center announced yesterday.

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Newsflash

Thousands of people mobilized by several civic groups took to the streets in Taipei yesterday to demonstrate against nuclear energy and demand an immediate halt to construction at the nation’s Fourth Nuclear Power Plant.

To shouts of: “I love Taiwan, I don’t want nuclear disaster,” and “I want my children, I don’t want nuclear energy,” the protesters were giving voice to a rising number of people who are uncertain about the safety of nuclear energy amid a nuclear crisis at the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant in Japan, which encountered a series of radiation leaks following a powerful earthquake and tsunami on March 11.