Health Minister explains problems of mass COVID screening as KMT Party threatens to undermine Taiwan’s anti-epidemic success

Minister of Health and Welfare Chen Shih-chung urged municipal-level government officials to follow the instructions of the National Health Command Center after some influential members of the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) supported a bypass of the national government, and attemted to instigate general screening for COVID-19 at county and city level. Chen, who also serves as commander of the Central Epidemic Control Center (CECC) warned that local governments must follow the instructions of the national health authorities. The health minister

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Marine warning issued after Tropical Storm Bavi forms close to Taiwan’s east coast

Taiwan’s Central Weather Burea (CWB) issued a marine warning for Tropical Storm Bavi at 10:30 am this morning, and a heavy rain advisory for areas in the north, center, and south of Taiwan. According to the CWB, Tropical Storm Bavi was situated around 140 kilometers southeast of Hualien at 8:00 am this morning, August 22, moving north-northeast at around 14 kilometers per hour. Bavi is currently measured as having maximum sustained wind speed near the center of 18 meters per

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Suspect shot and wounded after ramming police car

A wanted man driving a stolen car suffered a bullet wound to the head after a police detective fired three shots at his vehicle when he rammed their unmarked police car in Chiayi County last night, August 21. Detectives from Tainan City Police Department Baihe Precinct located a stolen vehicle driven by the suspect in Shuishang Township, Chiayi County at around 11:00 pm. According to reports in United Daily News, the four detectives followed the vehicle for some distance until

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Man climbs outside of building to 14th floor after random knife attack

A man scaled the outside of a building to the 14th floor after attacking a random stranger with a knife in Taipei City today, leading to a standoff with police. Police received reports about a man armed with a kitchen chopper wandering along Hankou Street section 2 in Wanhua District at around 12:30 pm. The suspect, a 40-year-old man named Qiu (邱) approached a 49-year-old truck driver named Lee, as Lee was unloading goods. Lee noticed Qiu’s suspicious behavior, and

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Man who murdered, beheaded mother found not guilty: affected by drugs

A man who murdered and beheaded his mother before tossing her head from their 12th floor apartment in Taoyuan City was found not guilty by Taiwan’s High Court today, because he was affected by drugs at the time. On October 18, 2018, Liang Chong-ming stabbed his mother 37 times, cut off an arm and her head with a machete, then tossed the head into the courtyard of their gated community. Liang was arrested and found to be under the influence

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US Navy destroyer sails through the Taiwan Strait

The Burke-class Aegis missile destroyer USS Mustin (DDG-89) sailed through the Taiwan Strait today, August 18, after completing exercises in the East China Sea, according to reports by Taiwan media outlets. Both Taiwan and China dispatched ships to monitor the passage, according to United Daily News. The People’s Republic of China sent a type 052D guided missile destroyer, while Taiwan assigned a Cheng Kung class guided-missile frigate, according to the report. The Ministry of Defense did not confirm the information,

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Concrete mixer truck plunges 20 meters off elevated expressway

The driver of a concrete mixer truck died after his vehicle plunged around 20 meters off an elevated expressway in Kaohsiung City today, August 16. The truck had just left National Freeway One and was rounding a curve on an elevated exit ramp when it hit the guardrail and toppled over shortly before 11:00 am. The truck landed on the sidewalk on Yugang Road. Fortunately no vehicles or pedestrians were passing by at the time. Kaohsiung City Fire Bureau dispatched

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“Mountain rat” confesses to killing endangered Formosan black bear

One of two leaders of a group of “mountain rats” – a term used in Taiwan to describe illegal loggers and timber thieves – confessed to killing, skinning, and eating a Formosan black bear, after bones were found in his camp, and pictures were found on his phone. Fifty police and 36 forestry personnel were mobilized May 7 to search for timber thieves in seven locations in Hsinchu County, Miaoli County, and Taoyuan City mountain districts, after a four-month-long investigation,

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Truck driver unscathed after flying wheel destroys cabin

The driver of a gravel truck walked away uninjured after a wheel came off a truck traveling in the opposite direction and smashed into his windscreen in Changhua County yesterday, August 10. Mr Jian was traveling in the northbound lanes of the West Coast Expressway at around 11:00 am when a left, rear wheel from a semi-trailer traveling southbound came off the trailer, bounced over the center guardrail, and landed on the passenger side of the gravel truck’s cabin. Fortunately,

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Marines deployed to vulnerable districts as tropical storm approaches Taiwan Strait

Marines equipped with amphibious vehicles have been deployed to flood prone areas in Tainan City, Kaohsiung City, and Pingtung County after the Central Weather Bureau issued land and sea warnings for tropical storm Mekkhala as it approaches the Taiwan Strait today, August 10. The CWB issued heavy rain advisories for all cities and counties for today and tonight, and rain is expected to continue through tomorrow as Mekkhala passes through the Taiwan Strait. Mekkhala is expected to make landfall in

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Tropical depression to bring rain to southern Taiwan, and could intensify into tropical storm today

Taiwan’s Central Weather Bureau (CWB) warns that southern Taiwan will likely see heavy rain as tropical depression TD07 approaches, and say it may intensify into a tropical storm today, August 10. The CWB issued a report yesterday, August 9, saying that tropical depression TD07 formed in the South China Sea 630 kilometers south-southwest of the Hengchun Peninsular and is moving north at around 24 kilometers per hour. Maritime operators are urged to pay attention to the latest weather information, the

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