The Central Weather Bureau yesterday announced that a tropical storm had formed close to Taiwan in the Pacific Ocean, but said it was still determining whether the storm would affect the country. \nAt press time, Tropical Storm Conson was about 1,250km southeast of Hengchun (恆春), Pingtung County, and 890km east of Manila. It was moving northwesterly at a speed of 21kph, with a radius reaching 120km. \nBureau forecaster Lee Hsiang-yuan (李湘源) said Conson was expected to approach the Philippines in the next two days. \n“We can better determine the potential track of the storm by considering the changes in high air pressure in the Pacific Ocean after the storm passes the Philippines,” Lee said. \nWeather forecasters in Vietnam named the storm after a scenic spot in the country. \nMeanwhile, the weather forecast showed high chances of afternoon thundershowers in plains areas in northern, northeastern and central parts of the country this week. If the convection range increases, thundershowers could also occur in Hualien and Taitung, the weather bureau said. \nWhile rain would bring afternoon temperatures down a little, daytime temperatures in Taipei City could still reach 36°C. Highs of between 33°C and 35°C are also expected across the nation. \nFewer Foehn winds, or downslope dry, hot winds, are expected in Taitung because the wind now blows from the south rather than the southwest. \nTemperatures in Dawu (大武), Taitung County, reached 39.2°C on Sunday.
UNDER INVESTIGATION: Huang’s body was found just outside the bathroom and showed no signs of a struggle, and no alcohol or drugs were found Singer and actor Alien Huang (黃鴻升) was found dead at his home in Taipei’s Beitou District (北投) yesterday. He was 36. Huang was also known by the nickname Xiao Gui (“little ghost”). His body was found when his father went to check on him after being unable to reach him by telephone, and called emergency services to the house at 11am, the Taipei City Police Department said. Huang’s body, which was discovered just outside the bathroom, showed no signs of a physical struggle, and he appeared to have been dead for some time, police said, adding that no drugs or alcohol were
CONFIRMED IN PHILIPPINES: The CECC would conduct contact tracing for the migrant workers to determine if they had come into contact with elderly people or children Six Filipinos tested positive for COVID-19 upon returning home from Taiwan, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) said yesterday as it reported a case of imported COVID-19 infection, bringing the number of confirmed cases in Taiwan to 500. Philippine authorities reported four of the cases through the National IHR Focal Point, while the other two were reported by the company that they had worked for in Taiwan. The six — five women and one man — are aged from their 20s to 40s, and worked as in-home care workers, domestic workers, factory workers and sailors in Taiwan, said Minister of Health and
FEELING MISUNDERSTOOD: Media speculation has fueled confusion about the KMT’s reasons for skipping a Chinese forum and delaying an AIT meeting, party sources said The Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) on Sunday said that it is not seeking to improve relations with the US or China at the expense of the other, and that its relations with the countries would be topic-based. The party has faced questions over its foreign policy after it on Monday last week announced its withdrawal from the annual Straits Forum and delayed planned talks with the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT). The party has also taken a tough stance on the importation of US meat containing ractopamine, while also lambasting China for increasing its military activity in and around the Taiwan Strait. Following
The COVID-19 pandemic might not have originated from a seafood market in Wuhan, China, National Taiwan University College of Public Health professor Tony Chen (陳秀熙) said yesterday. While many countries are experiencing second waves of COVID-19 infections, many are also lifting lockdowns to revive their economies, allowing travelers to cross national borders, Chen said. Academics have been questioning whether genetic mutations in the novel coronavirus in different countries have made it more infectious, he added. Academics from different backgrounds have conducted phylogenetic analysis of SARS-CoV-2 genome sequences, he said, adding that the studies can help scientists understand how the virus spread among