Free Tamiflu ends in April
The Centers for Disease Control yesterday said that as the flu season was past its peak and should continue to weaken, it would stop providing Tamiflu for free starting on April 10. Late last month, the center extended to the end of this month the offer of publicly funded Tamiflu to people with high fever for two consecutive days and those who live with the patient and have developed flu-like symptoms. As temperatures have gradually climbed and the number of reported cases of flu-like symptoms and severe flu has eased, the center said no further extensions of free Tamiflu were expected. However, people belonging to high-risk categories who contract the flu will continue to receive Tamiflu for free, it said.
Taipower defends actions
Taiwan Power Co (Taipower) on Sunday rejected accusations that employment of the state utility’s retired executives by its subsidiaries was illegal. Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Legislator Hsiao Ching-tien (蕭景田) on Saturday said that Taipower has for years arranged for its retired executives to be employed as board members or general managers at its subsidiaries. A shortage of talent is the main reason why people close to retirement age are offered employment by its subdiaries, Taipower official Huang Huei-yu (黃惠予) said. Minister of Economic Affairs Shih Yen--shiang (施顏祥) said that “while the conduct of Taipower is not illegal, it is inappropriate.” It is not a question of legality but a matter of public perception, another ministry official said. The law stipulates that retired public servants cannot receive both a monthly pension and a salary. Taipower is a state-owned firm in which retirees receive one-time lump-sum pension payments and is not
CLEAR BEFORE LEAVING: Two baby boys and a woman in her 30s tested negative before departing for Japan, but tests taken after their arrival came back postive Three Taiwanese tested positive for COVID-19 when they arrived in Japan earlier this month, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) said yesterday as it reported a new imported case. Minister of Health and Welfare Chen Shih-chung (陳時中), head of the center, said that one of the three cases in Japan is a Taiwanese baby under the age of one, whose parents work in Japan. The infant came to Taiwan with his parents in January, and the parents paid for the family’s COVID-19 tests on Oct. 10 ahead of their planned return to Japan on Monday last week, he said. The boy and his
‘BACKED BY ENEMY’: CTi News is one of the few channels promoting unification, the New Party chairman said, while pro-Taiwan groups called it a propaganda outlet Pan-blue camp supporters yesterday lodged a protest at the National Communications Commission (NCC) against what they say is a possible move by the government to shut down CTi News, adding that politics should not interfere with freedom of the press. Protesters included representatives from the New Party, the Blue Sky Action Alliance, the 333 Political Party Alliance and other pan-blue groups. “We stand here today because CTi News is one of the few media outlets in Taiwan that is still willing to give groups supporting unification with China a voice. If the news channel is gone, there would only be
NEW YEAR’S EVE: Examples from South Korea and Japan show that 15 local COVID-19 infections could emerge in a short period if measures are not taken The Taipei City Government would cancel its New Year’s Eve Party and all large events if 15 or more confirmed cases of COVID-19 are reported in the city within a week, Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je (柯文哲) said yesterday. Addressing the Taipei Cross Border E-Commerce Annual Convention, Ko said the COVID-19 pandemic has brought many uncertainties to society, and that e-commerce is on a path of no return and would continue to grow. Many countries have not effectively controlled their COVID-19 outbreaks, and although Taiwan implements strict border controls and there have been few inbound passengers, the pandemic is unlikely to end soon,
The Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) yesterday accused CTi News of trying to mislead the public by publishing a half-page advert claiming that the party interfered in the National Communications Commission’s (NCC) review of its application for a license renewal. CTi News is distorting the commission’s review process by painting it as a political conflict and turning it into a smear campaign against the DPP, party spokeswoman Yen Juo-fang (顏若芳) said. “The NCC is an independent body, which carries out reviews and makes decisions based on its members’ professional expertise, as well as regulations and legal requirements governing media operations,” Yen said. “We condemn