Academia Sinica President Lee Yuan-tseh (李遠哲) said yesterday that leaders within the DPP should come to a consensus as to the meaning the government accepts for the "one China" principle. Lee said that tensions across the Taiwan Strait make finding common ground on the issue important.
\n"Time is not on our side and, therefore, Taiwan cannot continue to project an ambiguous stance on the question of `one China' to Beijing," Lee told DPP leaders during a closed-door dinner meeting on Saturday night.
\nLee attended the dinner after finishing discussions with the President's Advisory Group on Cross Strait Relations (
India yesterday went into a three-week lockdown, with one-third of the world now under orders to stay indoors. India ordered its 1.3 billion people — the world’s second-biggest population — to stay at home for three weeks. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s “total lockdown” call doubled the number of people around the globe under some form of movement restriction to more than 2.6 billion people. However, the order did not stop crowds of people thronging to stock up at grocery shops and pharmacies. India’s tally of 536 cases and nine deaths seems tiny compared with those in China, Italy and Spain, but Indian Prime
MORE YOUNG PATIENTS: The focus is turning from Europe to the US, where the number of known infections reached almost 86,000, more than in China British Prime Minister Boris Johnson yesterday became the first major world leader to test positive for COVID-19 as Spain recorded a record number of deaths from the pandemic that is threatening millions worldwide. In a grim milestone, the US overtook China as the nation with the most cases, while seeing an unprecedented amount of newly unemployed amid fears of a global economic meltdown. Africa’s economic powerhouse, South Africa, became the latest nation on the continent to start life under lockdown as it reported its first COVID-19 deaths. Johnson said that he had developed mild symptoms over the previous 24 hours and was self-isolating
OUTBREAK CURTAILED: Restrictions on residents heading out of Wuhan are to remain in place until April 8, when the city’s airport is to reopen for domestic flights Trains packed with thousands of passengers yesterday arrived in Wuhan as the Chinese city that was ground zero for the global COVID-19 pandemic partly reopened after months in lockdown. Returnees, some wearing two masks, latex gloves and protective suits, were greeted at the railway station by staff in similar gear — a reminder that while the city is emerging from isolation, it is still far from normal. “As the train neared Wuhan, my child and I were both very excited,” a 36-year-old woman told reporters. She and her daughter had been away from her husband for nearly 10 weeks. “It felt like the
The Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) yesterday reported 15 new cases of COVID-19, most of whom had studied or worked in the US or the UK before returning home, raising the total number of confirmed cases to 267. The 267 cases include 30 people who have been discharged from quarantine facilities and two deaths, CECC data showed. The new cases were six women and nine men, all Taiwanese, who had returned from the US, the UK, the Philippines, Australia or central America between March 15 and Wednesday, the data showed. With most of the nation’s cases being imported, home quarantine is a second