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Taiwan News Quick Take

Staff writer, with CNA


Hot spring pipeline restored

The hot spring pipeline system in Wulai District (烏來) is functioning again after weeks of repairs following damage by Typhoon Soudelor early last month, the New Taipei City Government said on Wednesday. Most of the hot spring businesses in Wulai are to reopen to the public in the next few weeks, city officials said, but added that some would remain closed because certain facilities still needed to be restored. The city government said it plans to organize a series of activities to promote Wulai’s hot spring season from late next month to attract more tourists. Soudelor hit the nation on Aug. 8, causing massive flooding and other damage throughout the country. In Wulai, which is famous for its hot springs, the network of pipelines carrying the water was severely damaged.


Hot Dengue could break record

The number of dengue fever infections reported since May could today break the 15,492 level recorded for the whole of last year, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) said yesterday. As of Wednesday, confirmed cases nationwide had climbed to 15,282, with 98.4 percent occurring in Tainan and Kaohsiung, the CDC said. While the country has seen the number of cases increase daily by between 600 and 800 recently, it is likely that the figures for last year — by far the highest annual number since official records began — will be surpassed today, it said. There is unlikely to be a drop in the number of cases in the near future, CDC Deputy Director-General Chuang Jen-hsiang (莊人祥) said. The agency had earlier predicted that the total number of dengue fever cases nationwide could hit 30,000 to 35,000 during the current outbreak, which might last into January.

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