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2022/01/09 | TNL Staff

Freddy Lim Recall Attempt Fails to Meet Threshold

The recall campaign against Freddy Lim has failed on account of falling short of its binding threshold.

2021/12/18 | TNL Staff

Explainer: Taiwan’s 2021 Referendum Results

All four referendum questions in Taiwan have failed to pass, marking a victory for the governing DPP and setback for the opposition KMT.

2021/10/29 | TNL Staff

Everything You Need to Know About Japan’s General Election

Japan’s general election is arriving just after the likely accession of a new Prime Minister, Fumio Kishida. But there’s much more going on this year.

2021/10/23 | TNL Staff

Chen Po-Wei Ousted in Recall Election

Chen, a pro-independence legislator, lost his campaign by fewer than 5,000 votes out of more than 150,000 cast.

2021/06/23 | TNL Staff

Taiwan’s Level 3 Covid-19 Restrictions Extended for Two More Weeks

“The situation has been improving, but the criteria for moving to a lower level of alert have not been met yet,” Chen said.

2021/06/22 | TNL Staff

Taiwan’s Covid-19 Vaccination Tracker

See how vaccinations are going in your city or county in Taiwan

2021/05/31 | TNL Staff

Taiwan Approves up to NT$840 Billion for Covid Relief

Middle and low-income households are eligible for subsidies, along with workers in certain industries. Migrant workers and other non-citizen residents, however, are not explicitly included for relief in the measures made public today.

2021/05/31 | TNL Staff

‘The Pandemic is Ebbing:’ Taiwan’s Health Minister

Taiwan's recent outbreak of Covid-19 is slowly coming under control, with the reproduction number for the virus steadily declining, health officials say.

2021/05/25 | TNL Staff

Taiwan’s Level 3 Covid-19 Alert Extended Until June 14

Taiwan's nationwide Level 3 alert for Covid-19 has been extended to June 14.

2021/05/19 | TNL Staff

Taiwan’s Level 3 Covid-19 Alert Expanded Nationwide

Health Minister Chen Shih-chung said the alert for the entire country will be in place until next Friday.

2021/05/17 | TNL Staff

Non-Resident Foreign Nationals Banned Entry to Taiwan as Surge in Infections Continues

Health minister Chen Shih-chung said Taiwan will ban entry to foreign nationals without a residence permit from May 19 to June 18, with exceptions for emergency and humanitarian purposes.

2021/05/12 | TNL Staff

16 Domestic Cases Reported; Taipei, New Taipei, Yilan Affected

10 domestically-acquired Covid-19 infections appeared in New Taipei City, with others in Taipei’s Wanhua District and in Yilan County. Though Chen said a move to tighter restrictions on gatherings is possible this week, no new lockdown-like rules were released today.

2021/05/11 | TNL Staff

Taiwan Grapples With Community Transmission as a Cluster in Yilan County Emerges

A cluster of five domestic cases is linked to a baccarat game hall in Yilan’s Luodong Township.

2021/05/03 | TNL Staff

Covid-19 Infections Linked to Airport Hotel

Since Thursday, a total of 16 domestic cases have been reported to have links with a quarantine hotel at Taoyuan International Airport.

2021/04/30 | TNL Staff

Water Supply Suspension in Central Taiwan To Continue Despite Recent Rainfall

The long-waited rain has temporarily eased pressure on the water supply, but the suspension in central Taiwan is likely to continue.

2021/04/28 | TNL Staff

Three Locally Acquired Covid-19 Cases, International School Closes for Week

Three domestically acquired cases of Covid-19 have led to a school closure in New Taipei City and the partial closure of a school in Taoyuan.

2021/04/20 | TNL Staff

How Bad Is Taiwan’s Drought?

Most reservoirs in Taoyuan, Hsinchu, and Miaoli are less than 15% full. Several in central Taiwan are less than 10% full.

2021/04/19 | TNL Staff

Fire Breaks Out at Taipei Q Square Shopping Mall

The latest reports from Apple Daily state that the fire originated in the Palais de Chine Hotel.