7 out of 10 in New Taipei City hospital cluster infection fully vaccinated

Seven out of ten people testing positive for COVID-19 in a health facility in New Taipei City’s Banqiao District were vaccinated, New Taipei City Mayor Hou Yu-ih (侯友宜) said at a regular press briefing yesterday, August 4. Mayor Hou said that five people from the small hospital were among 14 people added to the list of infected in New Taipei City, Wednesday. Mayor Hou said the five new cases from the hospital brought the total cluster infection to 10 people,

Read more

Police officer shot in chest arrests shooter before going to hospital

A police officer didn’t let a bullet through the chest stop him from arresting a suspect who violated traffic regulations in Yilan County yesterday, August 2. The 29-year-old police officer, named Tsai, was not wearing a bulletproof vest when performing traffic duties in Toucheng Township between 10:00 pm and 12:00 am last night. At around 11:50 pm, Tsai spotted a man on a scooter making an illegal right turn at a traffic light. Tsai pursued the motorcyclist for around 500

Read more

Vietnamese woman’s body found in Taoyuan City: Man arrested on suspicion of murder, sexual assault

Police have arrested a 50-year-old Taiwanese man suspected of having killed a Vietnamese woman whose body was found in Taoyuan City, July 31. Police began a homicide investigation after the body of a female was found by a fisherman among trees near the shoreline in Xinwu District, Taoyuan City, Saturday. A severe head wound and the blood-splattered site where the body was found pointed to an obvious case of homicide. The victim’s disheveled clothing and unbuttoned pants also suggested the

Read more

Disaster-level rain inundates southern Taiwan: rain to continue all week

Today, Sunday, August 1 saw rainfall above torrential rain level in southern districts, while northern districts and central mountain areas experienced localized thunderstorms in the afternoon as Taiwan continues to be influenced by a southwesterly monsoonal airflow expected to influence the weather for another week. Accumulated rainfall over the last two days in Pingtung County and Kaohsiung City measured over 500 millimeters, while Tainan City recorded more than 400 millimeters. Some districts in Tainan and Pingtung have seen super-torrential rain

Read more

Armed robber targeted Dominos Pizza because company cares

A man arrested for the armed robbery of a pizza store in New Taipei City in May, told the court that he chose a Dominos Pizza outlet as his target because the company trained their staff to value their lives and not to resist when facing an armed robber. During the trial and sentencing, the Taipei District Court heard that Qiu Zhenyu walked into a branch of Dominos Pizza in Hsintien District, New Taipei City at 9:52 am on Monday

Read more

Scooter rider narrowly escapes death after 8 ton steel coil falls off truck

A scooter rider suffered only minor bruising after a steel coil weighing around eight tons fell off the back of a truck and bowled his scooter over in Kaohsiung City, yesterday, July 30. According to reports, at around 3:55 pm, a flatbed truck with trailer carrying four steel coils was passing through the intersection of Gaofeng Road and Kongfeng Road in Xiaogang District when one of the coils rolled off the back of the truck. The coil flipped end-to-end several

Read more

Extremely heavy rain warning issued for New Taipei City: Kaohsiung prepares for disaster level rain

Taiwan’s Central Weather Bureau issued an extremely heavy rain warning for New Taipei City, parts of Hualien County, and Pingtung County this afternoon, and the Kaohsiung City Government opened the Disaster Response Center in preparation for catastrophic level rain forecast for this weekend. Some areas of New Taipei City and Taoyuan City experienced sporadic, localized flooding during torrential downpours this afternoon as a band of thunderstorms swept over the area at around 2:00 pm. Taoyuan City’s Guishan District saw rain

Read more

Good News: Taiwan’s post-vaccination blood clot rate lower than Europe and America

Taiwan’s Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) today announced that 13 notifications of thrombosis with thrombocytopenia syndrome (TTS) had been reported as of July 21, translating to 4.2 cases per million doses. Speaking at a daily press briefing, CECC spokesperson Chuang Jen-hsiang pointed out that the rate of TTS reported in Taiwan so far is lower than that in Europe and America where incidents of TTS following vaccination are around 10 to 20 cases per million doses. The 13 domestic cases

Read more

23 post-vax deaths added over the weekend bringing total to 507

Twenty-three fatal cases following vaccination were added to the reporting system between July 23 and 25, the youngest being a 26-year-old man, according to Taiwan’s Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) today, Monday, July 26. CECC spokesperson Chuang Jen-hsiang said that the 26-year-old suffered from a rare disease. Five days after vaccination family members found him without vital signs. A local health clinic said the cause of death was respiratory failure. Of the 23 new death cases, 15 had received the

Read more

4 missing after offshore construction platform partially capsizes in Guangdong, China

Chinese marine search and rescue services are searching for four people missing after an offshore construction platform tilted dangerously, flooding the deck and almost capsizing off the coast of Huizhou in Guangdong Province today, July 25. According to CCTV, the Huizhou Maritime Safety Administration began a search and rescue operation after receiving reports of the accident at around 11:00 am this morning. The 90-meter-long, 50-meter-wide offshore construction platform SHENG PING 001 began tilting while working on the CGN New Energy

Read more

Paiwan Warrior wins Olympic silver for Taiwan

Taiwan’s Yang Yung-wei (楊勇緯) took the silver medal in Judo’s 60 kilogram category, marking the country’s first medal at the Tokyo Olympics and its first ever Olympic medal for Judo, on the first day of competition, Saturday, July 24. Japan’s Takato Naohisa won the gold medal, while the bronze was shared by France’s Luka Mkheidze and Kazakhstan’s Yeldos Smetov. 23-year-old Yang, of the Paiwan indigenous people, and from Taichung City, previously won silver medals at the 2019 Asian Pacific Judo

Read more