Taipei sprayed for insects
Two districts in Taipei sprayed pesticides yesterday after the city confirmed its first case of dengue fever for the year the previous day, environmental officials said. A man who lives in Shilin District (士林) and studies in Xinyi District (信義) developed dengue fever symptoms, including fever and joint pain, on Friday last week after taking a school trip in northern Taiwan from Sept. 5 to Sept. 7. While the Taipei City Government Department of Health declined to reveal where the trip went, it said the student could have been infected in Taipei. As a result, the city’s Department of Environmental Protection sprayed pesticide in Shilin and Xinyi districts to prevent the virus from spreading. According to the Ministry of Health and Welfare, the nation recorded 2,235 cases of dengue fever this year as of Thursday, with 2,083 of them being indigenous.
Airport expansion outlined
An upcoming expansion project of Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport will increase the airport’s passenger capacity by 5 million people per year, Minister of Transportation and Communications Yeh Kuang-shih (葉匡時) said on Thursday during the Trinity Forum, a leading global airport commercial revenue conference being held in Taipei. The event was organized by Airports Council International (ACI), ACI Asia-Pacific and The Moodie Report. The project to enlarge the airport’s Terminal 2 is set to begin by the end of this year and is expected to be completed in 18 months, Yeh said. Last year, the airport received more than 30 million passengers, with an additional 1.5 million passengers expected this year, exceeding its design capacity, Yeh said. To ease congestion, the government is building a third terminal, which would increase annual capacity to 45 million people, he said. The design for the third terminal will start next year, with construction expected to be completed by 2020, the minister added.
Doctors link stroke to diet
A nine-year-old boy experienced a stroke recently due to his diet consisting largely of fast food, such as fried chicken and French fries, a doctor said. Huang Bing-wen (黃炳文), a doctor at Show Chwan Memorial Hospital in Changhua County, said the boy, who is 1.3m tall and weighs 31kg, comes from a family that does not have a history of strokes. His father told the physician that the boy leads a sedentary lifestyle, spending most of his time playing computer games and rarely exercising. The boy recently complained of nausea and dizziness. His father took him to see a doctor after he bumped into a bathroom basin. The doctor found that an artery in the boy’s brain was blocked by a clot and prescribed anti-clot drugs.
Nation ranked 21st
The nation ranked 21st among 188 countries in terms of how well its people are developing, the Directorate-General of Budget, Accounting and Statistics said. The agency used the methodology of the Huang Development Index compiled by the UN, which measures life expectancy, education and income to rank countries. The index was published by the UN Development Program, but the government collected the nation’s statistics and returned a score of 0.882. A score close to 1 is better, whereas a ranking closer to zero is not ideal. Norway was at the top of the list, with a score of 0.944, followed by Australia at 0.933 and Switzerland at 0.917.
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