2020-02-25 Taiwan Today
The 2020 Taiwan Lantern Festival wrapped up with a bang Feb. 23 in the central city of Taichung...
The Central Epidemic Command Center under the Ministry of Health and Welfare’s Centers for Disease Control raised the travel advisory for South Korea to level three, the highest on its scale, Feb. 24.
2020-02-25 Ministry of Health and Welfare
On February 24, 2020, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) reported that the number of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases in South Korea had risen sharply to 763, and said that large clusters of infections at a church and in hospitals were fueling the outbreak by community transmission. The city of Daegu and Cheongdo County in North Gyeongsang Province have been designated special management zones. Based on the risk of COVID-19 infection, the CECC has raised its travel notice level to Level 3: Warning, and advises the public to avoid all non-essential travel to South Korea.
2020-02-24 Office of the President
On the afternoon of February 22, President Tsai Ing-wen delivered remarks at the 2020 International Mother Language Day: the Indigenous Languages Development Conference. She said that since we passed the Indigenous Languages Development Act in 2017, all indigenous languages have been designated as “national languages,” and the budget devoted to those languages is now five times larger, a significant increase. Last year we passed the National Languages Development Act, and the government will devote even more effort to ensuring that the mother languages of all ethnic groups can be passed on to future generations, revitalized, and developed. We will use languages to connect with the world, which can give Taiwan more room to develop.
2020-02-24 Ministry of Health and Welfare
On February 22, 2020, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) stated that 110 confirmed cases of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) have been reported across 14 prefectures of Japan, and that more than 70% of the cases had contacted or suspected of contracting COVID-19 locally.
2020-02-21 Executive Yuan
Premier Su Tseng-chang on Thursday pledged that the government will ensure sufficient supplies for combating the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and that the resources will be distributed with priority to those most in need. He also instructed the Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) to redouble support for hardworking businesses vulnerable to the outbreak.
2020-02-21 Office of the President
On the morning of February 20 President Tsai Ing-wen met with Randall Schriver, Chairman of the Project 2049 Institute and former US Assistant Secretary of Defense for Indo-Pacific Security Affairs. The president thanked the United States for its support and assistance for Taiwan's participation in the World Health Organization (WHO). She also stated that Taiwan and the United States have deepened our partnership across all domains to create a win-win situation, and are striving to ensure peace, stability, and prosperity in the Indo-Pacific region.
2020-02-19 Office of the President
While meeting with permanent representatives to the United Nations (UN) from Taiwan’s diplomatic allies on the morning of February 18, President Tsai Ing-wen thanked our diplomatic allies for speaking up for Taiwan at important events. She emphasized that Taiwan is on the frontline in dealing with the outbreak of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) and should not be excluded from the global epidemic prevention network. We have an advanced and comprehensive healthcare system, she said, as well as tremendous professional expertise stemming from our experience in dealing with SARS. The president mentioned that on the morning of same day, the first group of Taiwanese nationals repatriated from Wuhan, China completed their quarantine and returned home, and they are all in good health. Taiwan’s experience is worth sharing with the world, she said. The president also stated that supporting Taiwan’s participation in the World Health Organization (WHO) would help ensure that we bring the epidemic under control in a much faster and more efficient manner.
2020-02-19 Ministry of Culture
In response to the projected consequences of the novel coronavirus COVID-19, the Ministry of Culture has been working on mapping out the necessary precautions required for Ministry-affiliated venues while drafting a relief package to alleviate the outbreak's impact on culture and the arts.
2020-02-18 Focus Taiwan
There is no community-level transmission of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in Taiwan, despite the nation reporting its first death from the virus Sunday, Vice President Chen Chien-jen (陳建仁), an epidemiologist by profession, said Monday.
2020-02-18 Ministry of Health and Welfare
On February 16, 2020, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) indicated that in response to the expanding global outbreak of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), in order to early detect suspected cases and prevent community-based and nosocomial spread, the community-based surveillance measure has been expanded to include the following individuals since February 16.
2020-02-17 Ministry of Foreign Affairs
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of China (Taiwan) welcomes the decision made by the government of the Republic of the Philippines on February 14 to immediately lift the travel ban on Taiwanese nationals that was recently imposed in response to the 2019 coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak. MOFA thanks all agencies and individuals that provided assistance in bringing about this positive development.
2020-02-17 Focus Taiwan
The recent addition of travel data to National Health Insurance (NHI) smart cards indicating individuals who have recently traveled to China, Hong Kong, and Macau is to be expanded to include two new countries, the National Health Insurance Administration (NHIA) said Sunday.
2020-02-15 Taiwan Centers for Disease Control
On February 14, 2020, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) announced that more than 1,000 cases of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) have occurred in Henan and Zhejiang, China, respectively, and community-based transmission in the affected areas is hard to control.
2020-02-15 Focus Taiwan
The Philippine government on Friday decided to lift its travel ban against Taiwan following an internal debate, capping off a week of uncertainty over the fate of travel ties between the two countries amid the coronavirus epidemic.
2020-02-14 Focus Taiwan
A cross-party group of five former Taiwanese health ministers on Thursday urged the public to support a petition calling for Taiwan’s admission to the World Health Organization (WHO).
2020-02-14 Executive Yuan
Premier Su Tseng-chang on Thursday announced an initial package of relief measures to quickly aid industries affected by the ongoing outbreak of the Wuhan coronavirus, now officially designated as COVID-19 by the World Health Organization (WHO). The premier said that in addition to immediate economic relief, the government hopes that the measures will lead to improved fundamentals and competiveness among Taiwan’s companies.
2020-02-13 Focus Taiwan
Taiwan’s online participation in a World Health Organization (WHO) forum to fight the novel coronavirus outbreak was made possible through “direct conversation” between Taiwan’s government and the international organization and did not involve the consent of the Chinese government, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) said Wednesday.
2020-02-13 Ministry of Health and Welfare
On February 11, 2020, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) indicated that cases of 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) infection have been reported in China and 26 other countries with community transmission without obvious origins of infection and a cluster case resulted from an international meeting occurring in countries outside China.
2020-02-12 Ministry of Foreign Affairs
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of China (Taiwan) expresses sincere appreciation for the unprecedented level of support extended to Taiwan’s campaign for participation in the World Health Organization by diplomatic allies and like-minded nations at the 146th session of the WHO Executive Board, which was held from February 3 to 8 at WHO headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland.
2020-02-12 Executive Yuan
Premier Su Tseng-chang visited Chunghwa Post Co.’s mail processing center in Taipei on Tuesday to cheer logistics and postal workers as they deliver supplies of face masks to designated pharmacies around Taiwan. He also acknowledged the nation’s mask production workers, pharmacists and assistant pharmacists, thanking all personnel involved in the battle against the Wuhan coronavirus for uniting forces to defend the front lines, and for showing the world the strength of character and the solidarity of the people of Taiwan.
2020-02-11 Focus Taiwan
Taiwan has sent a list of experts to participate online in a World Health Organization (WHO) forum on the global fight against the new coronavirus epidemic for the WHO’s approval, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) said Monday.
2020-02-11 Office of the President
On the morning of February 10, President Tsai Ing-wen attended the 2020 Intelligent Community Forum Top7 Global Cities Announcement/Conference in Taoyuan. She stated that over the past three-plus years, we have moved steadily toward our goal of becoming a “digital nation and smart island.” In addition, we are also working to promote the development of smart healthcare, smart transportation, and the digital economy. Taiwan will enter the 5G era alongside major countries like Japan, Korea, and the United States, which will generate new solutions for city governance, she said.
2020-02-10 Ministry of Foreign Affairs
As the recent cumulative total of confirmed cases of 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) infection in China is rapidly growing, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) announced the following instruction: Starting from 0:00 am of February 10, 2020, travelers who transit through China, Hong Kong and Macau and are granted entry into Taiwan and will be required to be under home quarantine for 14 days.
2020-02-10 Focus Taiwan
Taiwanese experts will participate online in a World Health Organization (WHO) forum next week to combat the 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) outbreak, a WHO official said Saturday, although Taiwan is fighting for greater inclusion.
2020-02-07 Executive Yuan
Premier Su Tseng-chang on Thursday said that the government has taken the lead to combat the spread of the Wuhan coronavirus domestically, closely monitoring developments at every stage and responding forcefully as needed. The premier cautioned the public against panic and called on the people of Taiwan to work together for the good of the nation.
2020-02-07 Focus Taiwan
Taiwan’s foreign minister Joseph Wu (吳釗燮) on Thursday blasted the World Health Organization (WHO) for repeatedly giving Taiwan “inappropriate designations” and reiterated that Taiwan is not part of China.
2020-02-06 Ministry of Foreign Affairs
In view of the fact that the Taiwan government on February 5 designated all areas of the PRC (including Hong Kong and Macao) as being severely affected by the novel coronavirus outbreak (areas of level 2 or higher), foreign nationals who have visited or resided anywhere in the PRC, including Hong Kong and Macao, in the previous 14 days will be temporarily prohibited from entering Taiwan starting February 7.
2020-02-06 Taiwan External Trade Development Council
In response to the global outbreak of the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV or Wuhan Pneumonia), the Taiwan government has taken comprehensive measures to protect the health of the public from the global outbreak.