■ Health Dengue fever discovered \n \nThe Center for Disease Control announced late Sunday that 11 cases of dengue fever had been found in the Natzu area of Kaohsiung City and another case had been reported in Kaohsiung County. The center has sprayed pesticides in the area and tried to clear stagnant pools of water. The center's Deputy Director Shih Wen-yi (施文儀) said that recent rainfall and humid weather has aided the transmission of the disease. He said that as the weather turns colder, the situation will improve. The symptoms of dengue fever include headaches and sudden fever, as well as eye, joint and muscle pain. The center said there have been 37 imported cases of dengue fever this year and 64 indigenous cases, 51 of which were reported in March. \n \n■ Dignitaries \nClinton trip set for November \n \nFormer US president Bill Clinton is expected to visit next month at the behest of the Taiwan Foundation for Democracy, the organization's director said yesterday. "We hope the reputation and influence of Clinton will help boost the nation's international exposure and status," Kao Ba-jack said. During his two-day stay Clinton is expected to deliver a speech on a topic of his choosing, Kao said, adding that the dates of the visit had not been finalized. Kao declined say how much Clinton would receive for his speech. A local newspaper said it was around US$200,000. \n \n■ Defense \nUS military official visits \n \nA top US military official is visiting Taiwan, an American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) official said yesterday. "John Allen will meet officials in charge of national defense and national security affairs," the official said, refusing to provide more details. Allen's predecessor Mary Tighe visited Taipei in March, becoming the highest-ranking US military official to visit since 1979. Tighe and her delegation reportedly evaluated Taiwan's anti-missile capability. Her visit was seen by military analysts as a US effort to get Taiwan to take a serious look at China's growing missile threat. \n \n■ Diplomacy \nPanamanians back ties \n \nA majority of Panamanians, or 55 percent, support their country's diplomatic relations with Taiwan, according to a CID-Gallup poll published Monday by the El Panama America newspaper. Less than a third, or 32 percent, opposed diplomatic relations, while 13 percent had no opinion. The poll also found 54 percent of Panamanians are opposed to diplomatic links with Cuba, while 35 percent of respondents supported such links and 11 percent had no opinion. \n \n■ Diplomacy \nLawmakers blast China \n \nLegislators from across the political spectrum issued a joint statement yesterday condemning China, claiming it used its position in the UN to pressure Liberia to sever diplomatic relations with Taiwan. The legislators said in the statement that they lodged a strong protest and urged the Executive Yuan to use its resources to fight the diplomatic squeeze by the People's Republic of China. The joint statement was co-signed by caucuses of the Democratic Progressive Party, the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT), the People First Party, the Taiwan Solidarity Union and the Alliance of Independent Legislators. It was confirmed Sunday that Liberia had switched recognition from Taipei to Beijing. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs severed relations with Liberia shortly afterward.
SPEEDING ELETRIC VEHICLES: Available without license requirements, the low-cost vehicles, especially if illicitly modified, can often reach a dangerous speed The government should crack down on illegal electric bicycles and scooters, the non-profit Consumers’ Foundation said on Friday, citing research on the potentially dangerous speed of the vehicles. Electric bicycles and lightweight electric scooters have gained popularity as they do not require registration and riders do not need licenses, the foundation said, adding that as many as 40 percent of them can reach speeds exceeding the legal limit of 25kph for non-licensed two-wheelers. Some consumers also purchased legal electric vehicles and modified them to reach higher speeds, it said. “If the government does not step up efforts to confiscate these
DIPLOMATIC MOVES: Beijing is reportedly pressing the state after reports of forming links with Taiwan, while the ministry is also planning to reopen its office in Guam soon A representative office is set to open in Somaliland at the end of this month, at the earliest, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) said yesterday amid reports that Beijing is sending a diplomatic delegation to the east African country. The ministry on July 1 announced that Taiwan and Somaliland would establish representative offices, following a report by the Somaliland Chronicle Web site. It said at the time that the two nations did not plan to establish formal ties. Somaliland President Muse Bihi Abdi has instructed close confidants to explore the possibility of “mutual recognition between Taiwan and Somaliland,” the Somaliland Chronicle reported
A Belgian man who tested positive for COVID-19 in Taiwan last week is likely to have contracted the disease in Taipei in late June, National Taiwan University (NTU) College of Public Health vice dean Tony Chen (陳秀熙) said yesterday. The Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) on Saturday reported that the man, who is in his 20s, came to Taiwan for work on May 3 and tested positive on Wednesday last week as he was about to depart. The man in March reported loss of taste and smell, the center said, adding that he worked in Changhua County, but visited Taipei several times,
NEW ERA: Taiwan, which has controlled its virus outbreak, now faces the challenge of safely resuming economic exchanges with other nations, Chang Shan-chwen said People should not focus entirely on having zero new confirmed COVID-19 cases in Taiwan, but neglect overall control over the disease situation, Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) specialist advisory panel convener Chang Shan-chwen (張上淳) said yesterday. Chang made the remark at a forum in Taipei discussing the steps Taiwan should take in the post-pandemic era, organized by the Chinese-language magazine Global Views Monthly. Chang, Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Director-General Chou Jih-haw (周志浩), and Stanford University’s Center for Policy, Outcomes and Prevention director C. Jason Wang (王智弘) each made a presentation, followed by a panel discussion with Chang, Wang and Buddhist Tzu