Dancers perform at a news conference in New Taipei City yesterday to promote an event for the Burmese Thadingyut Festival. The event is to be held on Saturday next week in Jhonghe District, home to the biggest Burmese community in Taiwan. The Jhonghe District Office invited people to attend to taste cuisine from Myanmar and experience the nation’s culture, with prizes to be won.
Photo: Weng Yu-huang, Taipei Times
Wearing masks should only be required on public transportation and at crowded venues, National Taiwan University (NTU) College of Public Health professor Tony Chen (陳秀熙) said yesterday. In his weekly online live broadcast on the COVID-19 pandemic, Chen said the virus is becoming endemic around the world and Taiwan should bring its policies in line with other countries, despite its success in curbing earlier outbreaks of COVID-19 and slowing its spread. He said there should be an orderly transformation from a pandemic to an endemic phase to ensure that society can restore its normal operations. However, as respiratory viruses spread faster between October
Taiwan’s population shrank by 0.99 percent — or more than 230,000 people — year-on-year last month, statistics released by the Ministry of the Interior showed. The population as of the end of last month was 23,198,133, down 232,815 people compared with 23,430,948 in the same month last year, the data showed. The loss was much bigger than the 0.58 percent decline — or 137,430 fewer people — in September last year from the same month in 2020, the data showed. It was also far greater than the population drop of 25,405, or 0.11 percent in September 2020 compared with the same month in
DOUBLE STANDARD: Beijing expects Taipei to allow its citizens to enter the nation without quarantine while it still subjects Taiwanese to the ordeal, an official said Beijing is likely to cite Taiwan’s different border policies for people from China, Hong Kong and Macau as a “double standard” as part of its cognitive warfare efforts, a source said yesterday. The government is on Thursday to end mandatory quarantine for incoming travelers, expect those from Hong Kong, Macau and China, due to national security concerns. Beijing is likely to cite the discrepancy as a double standard and say that the Democratic Progressive Party administration “irrationally opposes” anything China-related and “as a matter of course,” the source said. The government last month announced that starting on Sept. 29, people from China
BA.5 WAVE AT PEAK? The numbers of daily cases are plateauing, but a renewed increase cannot be ruled out, the Central Epidemic Command Center said People aged 18 to 49 are from Tuesday eligible to receive Moderna’s bivalent COVID-19 vaccine, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) said yesterday, as it reported 54,874 new local cases, the highest daily caseload since a wave of the Omicron BA.5 subvariant of SARS-CoV-2 began. Booster doses of the Omicron-adapted vaccine should be administered at least 12 weeks after a previous COVID-19 vaccination, which includes the last dose of the primary series, the additional dose to the primary series for immunocompromised people or the first boster dose, Deputy Minister of Health and Welfare Victor Wang (王必勝) said. The Advisory Committee on Immunization


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