Rare visitor: Seal appears at fishing port in northern Taiwan

In what may be a historical first, a juvenile seal was spotted at a fishing port in New Taipei City yesterday, but swam away this morning, October 25, after divers dispatched by the animal protection department attempted to catch the animal. Tourists visiting the Bitou Fishing Port in Ruifang District yesterday, Sunday, first spotted the seal swimming playfully in the harbor. At first it was speculated that the animal must be a Eurasian Otter, as seals have never been known

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2 adults, 4 children missing after flash flood in New Taipei City

Search and rescue operations are continuing Sunday morning after a group of adults and students attending a nature camp were swept away by a flash flood in Shuangxi District, New Taipei City, Saturday afternoon. New Taipei City Fire Department received reports that a group of students and teachers had been swept away by a sudden surge of water in a stream on the Hubao Pond Trail at 4:38 pm. A group of 31 people taking part in a nature camp

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Woman thrown out of car in high-speed rollover crash walks away with slight injuries

A couple involved in a rollover accident in New Taipei City declined further treatment after receiving first aid at the scene of the crash October 1, despite the female passenger being thrown out of the passenger side window at high speed. The 30-year-old unlicensed driver, named Guo was driving his 25-year-old wife, named Lai, to work at around 7:00 am when he lost control of his vehicle on Jingwenshan Road in Shenkeng District. Video footage of the accident shows Guo’s

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Family rescued after teen locks them in and sets apartment on fire

Firefighters in New Taipei City used a ladder truck to rescue a family of four from a balcony, after they were locked in a burning apartment by a sixteen year old unhappy about being restricted from playing online games and watching TV this morning, September 27. Firefighters in Sanxia District responded to reports of a fire in a 14-storey building on Xuecheng Road at around 3:00 am. Four people were found trapped on the balcony of their burning 6th floor

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Trail closed after 4 hikers stung by hornets, one dies

A popular hiking trail in Ruifang District has been temporarily closed after four people were stung by Asian giant hornets in two separate incidents this weekend. A 73-year-old man named Lin and his 62-year-old wife, named Yang, were attacked by hornets while walking on the Sandiaoling Trail on September 24. Both were rushed to Keelung Chang Gung Memorial Hospital, but Ms Yang suffered an allergic reaction and organ failure and died yesterday, September 25. Mr Lin remains unconscious in the

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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

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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,

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Residential fire death toll rises to 4 after 7-year-old succumbs to injuries

Four of seven victims have died, and one remains in a critical condition today, four days after a fire destroyed a residence in Sanxia District, New Taipei City. Three people were left dead, and four were injured, three critically, after a fire broke out on the first floor of the six story apartment building on Minsheng Street in the early hours of Wednesday morning, August 11. Six of the occupants had lost vital signs before or during rescue operations, according

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Taipower reveals new safety features after nuclear power plant emergency shutdown leaves operators red-faced

A group of legislators visited the Guosheng Nuclear Power Plant in New Taipei City’s Wanli District yesterday, to learn how merely moving a chair caused a shutdown last month, and to review measures taken to ensure it won’t happen again. In an embarrassing comedy of errors that citizens on social media compared to something out of The Simpsons, Taiwan’s number two nuclear power plant went into emergency shutdown at 6:33 am, July 27, after an employee pushed a wheeled office

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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

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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

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