Watch out for Ebola: ministry
Taiwanese planning to visit Uganda should be aware of an outbreak of Ebola virus there that has left 16 people dead, a Ministry of Foreign Affairs official said yesterday. “Those who are traveling to the African country should pay close attention to the situation,” Department of African Affairs Director-General David Wang (王建業) said. As of Friday last week, there were 53 suspected cases of Ebola hemorrhagic fever, including 16 deaths, according to the WHO. The seriousness of the Ebola outbreak has even prompted Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni to urge residents of the country to avoid unnecessary physical contact and unsafe sex, Wang said. Currently, about 20 Taiwanese businessmen and their families reside in Uganda.
Bomb hoax fines set
The maximum fine for a bomb hoax or the spread of false information that threatens flight safety is NT$1 million (US$33,350), according to aviation authorities. Violators could face a maximum three-year prison sentence under Article 105 of the Civil Aviation Act (民用航空法), the Aviation Police Office said. The office reminded people to refrain from saying as a joke that “they have a bomb in their luggage.” The office’s announcement came after a 53-year-old woman, surnamed Wu (吳), who was flying with China Airlines from Taiwan to Los Angeles, claimed she was carrying a bomb in her luggage during check-in on Sunday. Aviation police checked Wu’s luggage thoroughly, but did not find any explosives. Wu denied saying anything about carrying a bomb while being questioned by aviation police. However, statements by airline staff contradicted her claim. Wu was sent to Taoyuan District Prosecutor Office to be charged with violating the aviation act.