Viral madness: passenger makes self-protective COVID cocoon on long-haul flight

Fellow passengers barely batted an eyelid when a man made an improvised social isolation tent to protect himself and his companions from possible viral infection on a flight from Los Angeles to Guangzhou, China, according to reports from Taiwan news outlets. The reports came after a Chinese citizen uploaded a picture of the incident on social media site Weibo. The picture was said to be taken on Monday, January 10. In the picture it can be seen that the passenger

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Record COVID vaccine injury payout approved for patient who suffered Guillain–Barré syndrome, thrombosis, and thrombocytopenia

The Vaccine Injury Compensation Program of the Ministry of Health and Welfare announced today that a resident of Taitung County will receive a compensation payment of NT$1.2 million, the highest on record for a suspected COVID vaccine injury, after a determination at the committee’s most recent meeting, December 16. According to a report by Taiwan’s Central News Agency, the Taiwanese citizen, who is unnamed in the announcement, developed Guillain–Barré syndrome, suspected thrombosis, and thrombocytopenia after being administered the AstraZeneca vaccine

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When fear of infection overcomes rationality: three charged for quarantine hotel fire deaths

The operator and two staff of a hotel used for quarantine have been indicted on charges of negligent homicide, and negligent injury, following an inquiry into a fire in building that left four people dead and 22 injured in Changhua City, Taiwan, June 2021. See previous story: Four dead including one firefighter in COVID quarantine hotel fire The Changhua District Prosecutor’s Office charged Cai Jinfeng, Shen Yiqian, and Wu Songrong, after finding that they did not immediately notify the quarantined

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Frequent nasal swabs on pilots causing nosebleeds: a flight safety issue

Subjecting pilots to frequent nasal swabs to test for COVID-19 has led to severe nosebleeds while pilots are on duty, and it may affect flight safety, according to the Civil Aviation Administration and pilot unions. According to current epidemic prevention regulations, flight crew must be subject to three PCR tests within 14 days of entry, and it is stipulated that these must be in the form of nasopharyngeal swabs. However, many flight crew members have reported that this method causes

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All imported COVID cases today were fully vaccinated

Taiwan’s Central Epidemic Command Center announced today that there were nine cases of COVID-19 detected among arrivals to the country, all of whom were fully vaccinated. There were no domestic cases reported for the 10th day in a row, and no deaths reported among past or present cases. The nine imported cases were detected among arrivals between October 30 and November 13 from the United States, Indonesia, Germany, and Saint Kitts and Nevis. The cases consisted of five males and

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Newborn who died one day after birth the youngest suspected vaccine injury reported so far

Taiwan’s Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) announced that a total of 9 fatalities were added to the vaccine adverse events reporting system yesterday, including a one day old baby whose mother had been vaccinated during pregnancy. CECC spokesman Chuang Jen-hsiang, speaking at a daily press briefing November 3, said that the one-day old newborn had died on October 7 due to abnormal blood clotting. Chuang said that the mother had received the first dose of the Moderna vaccine on July

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Vaccine injury program approves payout for TTS blood clots following COVID-19 shot

Taiwan’s Vaccine Injury Compensation Program(VICP) approved it’s highest relief payment to date for a case of vaccine-induced thrombosis, October 21, according to minutes of the meeting released yesterday. The VICP reviewed 13 applications for compensation for adverse events following the AstraZeneca vaccine at the October 21 meeting. Among the cases, one involving a 30-year-old man from Taoyuan City who developed thrombosis in combination with thrombocytopenia syndrome (TTS), was determined to be related to the vaccine. The committee made their decision

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3 of 4 imported COVID cases fully vaccinated: one with two doses of Astrazeneca and two doses of BioNTech

The Central Epidemic Command Center announced four new cases of COVID-19 among people entering Taiwan from abroad, including three “breakthrough infections.” CDC Deputy Director-General Philip Lo (羅一鈞), who serves as Deputy Chief of the CECC’s medical response team said that there were no new domestically transmitted cases, nor deaths among confirmed cases, today, Tuesday, November 2. However, there were four new cases among arrivals from abroad, including three males and one female aged from their 40s to 60s. Two cases

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All six imported COVID cases announced yesterday were fully vaccinated

Taiwan’s CDC announced a total of 8 new COVID-19 infections in the country October 25, of which six cases were among arrivals from abroad, all of whom were vaccinated. The six cases consisted of two men and four women who had arrived from the United Kingdom, the United States, and Indonesia, Deputy Leader of the Medical Response Team of the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC), Philip Lo (羅一鈞), said. A British male in his 50s who arrived from the UK,

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One of two imported COVID cases fully vaccinated with three doses of BioNTech

Taiwan’s Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) today announced two new cases of COVID-19 imported from abroad, including one Taiwanese citizen who was fully vaccinated with three doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine while residing in the United States. CECC spokesman Chuang Jen-hsiang (莊人祥) said that the woman (case #16,458) is aged in her 20s and had the third dose of the BioNTech vaccine on September 10. The woman had a negative test report taken within three days of boarding her flight

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15-year-old student suddenly collapses and dies during PE class

A 15-year-old female student in Taoyuan City died, October 15, after collapsing during a PE class. Liberty Times and United Daily News reported October 18, that a 15-year-old special education student had felt unwell after jogging and walking during a physical education class Friday morning. At 9:10 am, the girl sat down in a stairwell to rest. After around 30 minutes, the girl was found collapsed and without vital signs. The school nurse was immediately notified, and performed CPR, including

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