Free Tamiflu ends in April
The Centers for Disease Control yesterday said that as the flu season was past its peak and should continue to weaken, it would stop providing Tamiflu for free starting on April 10. Late last month, the center extended to the end of this month the offer of publicly funded Tamiflu to people with high fever for two consecutive days and those who live with the patient and have developed flu-like symptoms. As temperatures have gradually climbed and the number of reported cases of flu-like symptoms and severe flu has eased, the center said no further extensions of free Tamiflu were expected. However, people belonging to high-risk categories who contract the flu will continue to receive Tamiflu for free, it said.
Taipower defends actions
Taiwan Power Co (Taipower) on Sunday rejected accusations that employment of the state utility’s retired executives by its subsidiaries was illegal. Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Legislator Hsiao Ching-tien (蕭景田) on Saturday said that Taipower has for years arranged for its retired executives to be employed as board members or general managers at its subsidiaries. A shortage of talent is the main reason why people close to retirement age are offered employment by its subdiaries, Taipower official Huang Huei-yu (黃惠予) said. Minister of Economic Affairs Shih Yen--shiang (施顏祥) said that “while the conduct of Taipower is not illegal, it is inappropriate.” It is not a question of legality but a matter of public perception, another ministry official said. The law stipulates that retired public servants cannot receive both a monthly pension and a salary. Taipower is a state-owned firm in which retirees receive one-time lump-sum pension payments and is not
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
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
The Taiwan Railways Administration (TRA) yesterday said that it has allocated NT$68 million (US$2.32 million) to build an Internet-of-things (IoT) platform that would facilitate proactive maintenance of the railway system and enhance service punctuality. The agency said that it decided to build the platform to promote horizontal communication among its departments after an investigation into the Puyuma Express derailment in October 2018 found that its four main departments — electrical engineering, rolling stock, construction and transportation — failed to share information with one another. The platform would use artificial intelligence to analyze maintenance data collected by its departments, including railway crossings,