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

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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

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City government to disinfect parks, green spaces ahead of reopening

The Hsinchu City Government will disinfect 125 parks and 26 green spaces around the city starting tomorrow ahead of an expected public influx into areas restricted to the public since May 19. Hsinchu Mayor Lin Chih-chien said today that will expand the city’s major disinfection before the epidemic alert downgrade so that people can access facilities with peace of mind. The Hsinchu City Environmental Protection Bureau will lead the disinfection efforts by deploying teams to spray trees, lawns, pathways, fitness facilities and playground

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Woman electrocuted while wading through floodwater in Kaohsiung City

A woman is fighting for her life in hospital after collapsing beside a transformer box on a flooded sidewalk in Kaohsiung City yesterday, and it is suspected that she was electrocuted due to exposed wires on a lamp post. The 39-year-old woman named Kao was holding an umbrella and walking through floodwater on Sanmin Road late yesterday afternoon after thunderstorms inundated Kaohsiung City and surrounding districts with more than 100 millimeters of rain in just over an hour, causing sudden

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Lies, damn lies, and COVID statistics: why are obviously non-COVID deaths counted as COVID fatalities?

A migrant worker who died of smoke asphyxiation while quarantined in a building that caught fire in Changhua City last week was added to the list of COVID-19 fatalities, according to the Taiwan Centers for Disease Control (CDC), and she may be one of many on the list of COVID deaths who didn’t actually die of COVID. The 43-year-old female Indonesian national tested positive for COVID-19 June 11, after becoming ill June 8, and was staying in a quarantine hotel

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Man survives fall from 23rd floor in Taichung City

A man remained conscious after falling from the 23rd floor of a building and crashing through the roof of a neighbor’s shed this morning, June 14. Taichung City Fire Department received an emergency call at around 7:00 am from a resident who reported that a stranger had crashed through the roof of his backyard shed, and required an ambulance. Firefighter paramedics responding to the report found a man named Hsu, conscious and with a suspected broken limb. Hsu told the

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Postman forks out NT$30,000 for his own gas mask for protection against COVID-19

Not satisfied with the protective capacity of a mere surgical mask, a postman spent NT$30,000 (US$1,085) to purchase a gas mask to protect himself and others against COVID-19, according to reports in China Times, and ET Today. The Chunghwa Post employee, who is unnamed in reports, but referred to by the pseudonym “Mr Postman,” drew the praises of thousands of readers after his story was posted to a Facebook breaking news group. The author of the Facebook post said that

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Uni student survives 5-storey fall after leaving her key at home

A female university student fell from the 6th floor of a building onto a roof 5 floors below, in Kaohsiung City in the early hours of this morning, but remained conscious and is not seriously injured, according to reports today, May 28. Kaohsiung City Fire Department received a report that a person had fallen from a residential building in Gushan District at around 1:00 am. Firefighters found the 22-year-old woman, named Tsai on a roof on the first floor. Tsai

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Little girl safe after climbing out of 7th-floor window while grandma not paying attention

A 7-year-old girl was seen climbing out the window of a 7th-floor apartment and walking along a narrow ledge of a residential building in Guishan District, Taoyuan City, Friday. The Taoyuan City Fire Department received reports about a little girl of a ledge of the building at 11:53 am, May 21, according to a Liberty Times report. The fire department dispatched 10 personnel to the scene, but fortunately, by the time firefighters arrived, the girl had already been taken back

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Death of toddler exposes danger of folding tables, importance of parental supervision

The danger posed by a common item of furniture found in almost every Taiwanese household has been put into the spotlight after a 3-year-old boy died clamped in the legs of a folding table in his home in Taichung City, yesterday, May 3. The parents of the toddler, named Chen, were putting their one-year-old to sleep while the 3-year-old boy was playing alone upstairs, according to reports, including Liberty Times. After around 20 minutes, the 57-year-old father went upstairs to

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Belarusian man dies in suspected accidental fall

A Belarusian resident died after falling from a window of his 10th-floor apartment in Wanli District this morning, according to reports today, May 2. The community manager said that he heard a loud noise in the courtyard at around 10:00 am, and on inspection found the man lying on the ground. Paramedics rushed the man to Keelung Chang Gung Memorial Hospital, but he was declared dead 30 minutes after arrival. Police investigating the case said that the man was 34-year-old

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