Rain forecast for festival
Anyone planning to enjoy outdoor activities during today’s Dragon Boat Festival might want to take along a raincoat, as unstable weather is expected due to a weather front that is affecting the nation, the Central Weather Bureau said yesterday. Western and northeastern parts of the country could see showers or thunderstorms, while constant rainfall is likely in northern areas, forecasters said. Daytime temperatures are expected to hover between 28°C and 30°C in northern parts, and between 31°C and 33°C in other areas of the nation, the bureau said. Meanwhile, Tropical Storm Yagi was centered 1,510km east-northeast of Taipei as of 8am yesterday, moving at 20kph in a northerly direction.
Infections mostly tame: CDC
Enterovirus infections in the country are at their highest level in years, but the most prevalent form of the virus is relatively tame, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) said yesterday. A total of 2,233 enterovirus patients sought treatment in emergency rooms last week, accounting for 1.9 percent of Taiwan’s emergency room cases, the highest for a week in seven years, the CDC said, adding that another 33,000 people with the disease went to clinics during the seven-day period, the most since 2008. The nation has been fortunate so far this year because the most prevalent enterovirus infection has been from coxsackievirus A6, which has a lower likelihood of leading to serious complications, the CDC said.
Department issues alert
The Department of Health issued a level-one travel alert — the lowest level used by the agency — yesterday following the confirmation of a third case of rubella, or German measles, imported from Japan. The agency said the most recent case was that of a 42-year-old woman who visited relatives in Osaka in the middle of last month and began complaining of fever and rashes — symptoms of German measles — two weeks after returning to Taiwan. The patient made a full recovery, but to prevent the disease from spreading, the department said it has continued to monitor the health of 70 people known to have had contact with the woman. None of them have so far presented symptoms. The Centers for Disease Control said the German measles cases reported in Japan so far this year are now four times higher than the 2,392 for the whole of last year, and 13 times that of the average 751 cases reported per year between 2009 and last year.
Couple arrested for arson
A 25-year-old man and his 17-year-old girlfriend were yesterday arrested on suspicion of setting fire to the girl’s home, seriously burning the girl’s parents. The two met each other on the Internet six months ago, New Taipei City (新北市) police said, adding that the man, surnamed Lu (呂), had quit his job and was renting an apartment near the home of the girl, who had dropped out of school. The girl’s father was upset that the two were unemployed and staying at home every day, and on Saturday last week the girl’s family met Lu and asked him to leave the girl, surnamed Huang (黃), police said. Two hours later, a surveillance camera showed Lu allegedly carrying two bottles of gasoline and starting a fire outside the family’s house in New Taipei City’s Jhonghe District (中和). The pair then allegedly went into hiding in southern Taiwan, before eventually handing themselves in to Chiayi police three days later, police said.