Passports get Web service
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is to launch an online service that allows people who are applying for passports to fill in their personal information and make an application appointment, an official said yesterday. The online service, which will be launched on Tuesday next week, is aimed at providing a more convenient service, the ministry’s Bureau of Consular Affairs Director-General Kung Chung-chen (龔中誠) said. The service will allow applicants to use the Web site to fill in their information and make a reservation to visit the bureau’s headquarters in Taipei to finish the procedure to obtain a new passport or renew an expiring passport, the official said. Applicants will be able to choose a preferred time period to visit the bureau, the official said, adding that the visit should not take more than 20 minutes.
Dengue fever cases rise
The number of dengue fever cases continues to rise with the onset of winter, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) said yesterday, adding that three cases of severe dengue fever, along with 49 locally acquired infections and four imported cases, were reported last week. Thirty-seven of the locally acquired infections were reported in Pingtung County, 10 in Greater Kaohsiung and two in Greater Tainan. Pingtung County has reported 404 locally acquired cases out of the nationwide total of 514 as of Monday. Pingtung also has the highest number of severe dengue fever cases so far, with eight of 13 cases reported in the county this year, according to the CDC. The center added that with the threat of severe dengue fever, also known as dengue hemorrhagic fever, people should step up their efforts to eliminate mosquito breeding sites, and keep their living spaces clean and free of containers with standing water.