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Taiwan News Quick Take

Staff writer, with CNA

POLITICS

Eric Chu headed to US

Former New Taipei City mayor Eric Chu (朱立倫) yesterday said he would leave tomorrow for an eight-day trip to California that is to focus on Silicon Valley businesses. Chu, who has said he is interested in seeking the Chinese Nationalist Party’s (KMT) nomination for next year’s presidential election, said that the focus of his prospective campaign would be building a new economy for the nation, so he is calling the trip “Power up Taiwan: Taiwan New Economy.” He said he would visit the headquarters of Apple, Airbnb, Facebook, Google and Tesla, as well as live-streaming video platform Twitch, software company Palantir Technologies and several start-ups. He is scheduled to meet with YouTube cofounder Steve Chen (陳士駿) and Stanford University professor Francis Fukuyama, and is to deliver a speech at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies at Stanford, he added.

TRANSPORTATION

Circular Line start date set

The first section of the Taipei Mass Rapid Transit System’s Circular Line, which will encircle New Taipei City, is scheduled to begin operations in the fourth quarter, Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je (柯文哲) posted on Facebook late on Monday. The 14-station Yellow Line will connect Dapinglin to the New Taipei Industrial Park, passing through Sindian (新店), Jhonghe (中和), Banciao (板橋) and Sinjhuang (新莊) without going through Taipei, thereby reducing travel time. Taipei Department of Rapid Transit Systems Chief Secretary Wang Wei (王偉) yesterday confirmed that the first phase of construction would be completed in the middle of the year, followed by on-site inspections by the city government and the Ministry of Transportation and Communications. If the ministry gives its approval, service would begin in the fourth quarter, Wang said.

PUBLIC HEALTH

Dengue fever case in Tainan

Tainan on Monday reported this year’s eighth case of imported dengue fever. A 37-year-old man working in Vietnam who had returned home for the Lunar New Year holiday tested positive for the virus, Tainan Public Health Bureau Director Chen Yi (陳怡) said. The man developed a fever and felt fatigued on Feb. 1, but traveled home the following day, and took a quick blood test for dengue fever at the airport, which initially turned out negative. Nevertheless, his test was reported to the local dengue fever prevention center. On Monday last week, the Centers for Disease Control told the local center that the man did have dengue fever, and Tainan health personnel were dispatched to disinfect his residence and neighborhood the following day. People who develop a fever within 14 days of arriving in Taiwan from Southeast Asia or South Asia should get a dengue fever test, Chen said.

ASTRONOMY

Two eclipses predicted

The two most exciting celestial events in the nation this year will be a partial lunar eclipse in July and a partial solar eclipse in December, the Taipei Astronomical Museum said. The eclipse is expected to take place between 4:01am and 5:16am on July 17, when the moon reaches its closest to the center of Earth’s umbra. At the peak of the eclipse, the moon will appear copper around two-thirds of its surface, while the remainder will appear as bright as usual, museum researcher Chang Kuei-lan (張桂蘭) said. The phenomenon will be visible to the naked eye if the weather allows, she said. The partial solar eclipse is to take place on Dec. 26 and should also be visible to the naked eye, she said.

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