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2021/04/02 | TNL Staff

Most Fatal Train Accident in 40 Years in Taiwan

The train, a Taroko Express Train No. 408 departing from Shulin in New Taipei City bound for Taitung on Taiwan’s east coast, derailed in the Daqingshui tunnel at around 9:35 a.m. 50 passengers have been reported dead, and 146 have been hospitalized.

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.

2021/05/12 | 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.

2021/01/27 | TNL Staff

Siri Is Learning Taiwanese

Apple is hiring an engineer to program Siri to “speak” Taiwanese.

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.

2021/01/11 | TNL Staff

Taiwan’s Population Shrinks for the First Time

Taiwan’s population declined for the first time in 2020, as the country struggles with one of the lowest birth rates across the world.

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.

2021/05/31 | 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.

2021/03/12 | TNL Staff

Is Taiwan’s Water Too Cheap?

Currently, Taiwanese people enjoy the cheapest water in Asia, with NT$9.2 charged per unit on average.

2021/03/30 | TNL Staff

How Big Is the Container Ship That Blocked the Suez Canal for Nearly a Week?

The Ever Given is is one of the largest container ships in operation. But how big it exactly is?

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.

2021/03/19 | TNL Staff

Taiwan To Start Inoculations With AstraZeneca’s Vaccine as Early as Next Week

Chen said medical workers are the first group to be vaccinated, and around 60,000 are in line to receive the jab.

2021/04/15 | TNL Staff

Two More Taiwan’s Indigenous Languages Available On Wikipedia

Atayal and Seediq joined the Sakizaya language in the growing ranks of Indigenous languages that have become available in the online encyclopedia.

2021/04/04 | TNL Staff

Can Godzilla and Kong Fight on the Ever Given?

Can a fight between Godzilla and King Kong take place on the Ever Given?

2021/04/19 | TNL Staff

Taiwanese American Investors Hold Fundraiser To Support Taroko Train Crash Victims

More than US$85,000 was brought in by the event, which the organizers plan to donate to the Taitung city government for their second phase of recovery efforts.

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.

2021/05/17 | 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.