4 out of 11 imported COVID cases fully vaccinated: one with 3 doses

Four cases out 11 among people entering Taiwan in the last week occurred in people who were fully vaccinated, the Central Epidemic Command Center said today, September 17. CECC spokesperson  Chuang Jen-hsiang (莊人祥) announced the virus sequencing results for immigration cases between September 10 and September 16, saying all 11 cases had tested positive for the Delta variant. Cases included people entering the country from the United States, Japan, Vietnam, United Arab Emirates, Turkey, and other countries, Chuang said. The

Read more

Taiwan’s Ministry of Truth calls bent-banana theory fake news

A message circulating on social media claiming that bent bananas are sweeter and more nutritious than their straight counterparts is fake news, the Taiwan Fact Check Center insists. The idea that washing the banana skin, or wrapping foil around the stem will prolong the shelf life of the popular yellow fruit is also false, the official fact-checkers added. The Fact Check Report issued by Taiwan’s version of George Orwell’s Ministry of Truth, issued on September 15, refuted the rumor that

Read more

400 residents of building ordered into compulsory quarantine

Around 400 residents of a building in Banqiao District were suddenly ordered into quarantine facilities this morning as authorities escalate their response to a cluster of cases testing positive for COVID-19 at a nearby kindergarten. The building is one of two forming a gated community that share an outdoor entrance and exit. The 905 residents from 209 households in the two buildings were tested for COVID-19 yesterday. Six people, all residents of building B, returned positive results. New Taipei City

Read more

No proof any of 685 deaths related to vaccines says CDC

With 685 fatalities reported among people who have received one of three vaccines currently administered in Taiwan, none of the deaths have been actually linked to the vaccines, the Centers for Disease Control says. However, an opposition party legislator has raised questions about the adequacy of autopsy reports quoted by the CDC. The Central Epidemic Command Center of the CDC announced 20 new cases of serious adverse events following vaccination, August 30, including two fatalities. A total of 10,928,720 doses

Read more

Riverside basketball court reclosed after players disobey COVID rules

Just days after reopening Tuesday, a basketball court in a New Taipei City riverside park was reclosed today, because players were spotted not wearing masks, and gathering in breach of social distancing rules. The New Taipei City Water Resources Department announced that the Zhongxing Bridge basketball court in the riverside park in Sanchong District will be closed from today, August 29, until September 13, after people were seen breaching epidemic prevention regulations. People were seen playing basketball without wearing masks,

Read more

Ordinary masks not effective for new variants: Chinese expert advises on new solutions

As the world grapples with a rapidly mutating virus that experts in the west have openly admitted is “smarter than us,” a senior expert in China has proffered advice that could save your life. Zeng Guang, a member of the high-level expert group of the National Health Commission of the People’s Republic of China, with the title of Chief Epidemiologist, offered several solutions in the fight against the Delta variant. Zeng Guang pointed out that in the early days, the

Read more

Two people died of COVID today? That’s not what the CDC said

Taiwan reported 18 new cases of COVID-19 today “and two deaths from the disease,” wrote news outlet Focus Taiwan, following the CDC Central Epidemic Command Center’s press briefing and press release today, Friday, August 13. But the CDC did not say that two people had died of COVID-19. The CDC press release clearly stated that there were two deaths among the confirmed cases. Furthermore, the CDC provided details about the two deaths stating that case 8852 was a man in

Read more

Mustard Seed Mission Helps more than 1,000 Taiwan Disadvantaged Families during COVID-19 Outbreak

Press Release: Mustard Seed Mission The nationwide lockdown has caused the highest unemployment rate in 10 years and even affected the right of the child to education. The Mustard Seed Mission (MSM) conducted a survey on the impact of the epidemic on its long-served families and found that among the 3,182 valid samples, 46.9% of served families were financially affected, and about 29.3% of families have reduced income by more than 1/3, and 17.4 % of families have been experiencing

Read more

Police officer back on duty after post-vax tug of war with death

A police officer in Tainan City thanked his “police family” for supporting him during a nearly one-month stay in hospital being treated for life- threatening blood clots after receiving the AstraZeneca COVID vaccine. Su Yanhui, 52, was back at work as Director of Kunyang Police Station, and expressed his thanks at forum held for Tainan City police yesterday, August 11. Su was hospitalized June 21 after developing discomfort on the evening of June 20, just six days after being vaccinated.

Read more

Healthy 47-year-old dead 2 days after COVID shot suffered from blood clots and respiratory distress

A 47-year-old man who became ill and died two days after receiving the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine had suffered respiratory distress, abnormal blood clotting, and abnormal white and red blood cell counts, according to reports today, August 9. According to the police investigation, Mr Ye, a resident of Zhonghe District, New Taipei City, was otherwise healthy, did not have a history of chronic disease, and was not on any other medication when he received the AstraZeneca shot, Friday, August 6. Mr

Read more

38-year-old woman dead day after AstraZeneca shot: youngest in New Taipei City

A 38-year-old woman who died the day after receiving the AstraZeneca vaccine for COVID-19 has become the youngest post-vax death reported in New Taipei City, and the first under 40 years old. The resident of Xizhi District, who did not have any relevant medical history or chronic diseases, suffered body aches, headaches, and fever before her death the day after being vaccinated on August 5, according to New Taipei City Health Department. The New Taipei City Health Department said that

Read more