Taiwan tracing new instances, restricts gatherings

TAIPEI, Taiwan — Taiwan reported seven home COVID-19 instances with the supply of six of the infections nonetheless beneath investigation, its Central Epidemic Command Center stated Tuesday.

Five instances had been found in a gaming cafe in Yilan county on Taiwan’s jap coast. Another was present in New Taipei City, simply outdoors the capital. None of the instances had any historical past of worldwide journey. Health authorities are doing contact tracing to find out the supply of the an infection.

The seventh was an individual already in quarantine who had been in touch with a cluster found in current weeks after pilots working for Taiwan’s China Airlines examined constructive. Over 30 instances have been found to this point.

In response, well being authorities stated they’ll ban indoor gatherings of greater than 100 individuals and ban out of doors gatherings of greater than 500 individuals.

Taiwan has been a hit story all through the pandemic, retaining deaths and instances to a minimal with strict border controls and a compulsory two-week quarantine for arrivals. It has counted 1,210 instances of COVID-19 thus far, with the overwhelming majority imported and a few instances of home transmission.



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HONG KONG — Hong Kong officers have dropped a plan to mandate overseas home employees be vaccinated towards the coronavirus, after it was criticized as discriminatory.

Officials initially proposed the plan after a overseas home employee examined constructive for a coronavirus variant in April, with an unknown supply of an infection.

The plan was dropped after officers assessed public well being wants, in addition to the authorized points which will come up in the event that they made vaccinations obligatory, Hong Kong chief Carrie Lam stated at a daily information briefing Tuesday.

Lam additionally introduced a second spherical of obligatory assessments for town’s over 370,000 home employees as a precaution. The new spherical of testing will start on Saturday and final till the tip of the May.


SEOUL, South Korea — North Korea has advised the World Health Organization that it has examined 25,986 individuals for the coronavirus via April however nonetheless has but to discover a single an infection.

The WHO stated in a weekly monitoring report that North Korea’s testing figures embody 751 individuals who had been examined throughout April 23-29, of which 139 had influenza-like sicknesses or extreme respiratory infections.

The nation not discloses how many individuals are quarantined for displaying such signs, after tens of 1000’s had been final year.

Experts have expressed skepticism about North Korea’s declare of an ideal report in retaining out COVID-19, given its poor well being infrastructure and a porous border it shares with China.


SAN SALVADOR El Salvador — The president of El Salvador says he’ll donate coronavirus vaccines to seven cities in Honduras though his personal nation’s vaccination effort continues to be struggling.

El Salvador has administered about 1.25 million photographs, not practically sufficient for the nation’s 6.5 million individuals.

But President Nayib Bukele was apparently touched by appeals from mayors of seven cities in neighboring Honduras who requested El Salvador for assist, claiming their very own authorities has deserted them. He stated Monday the donations is not going to have an effect on El Salvador’s vaccination drive.

Bukele has been identified for staking out populist positions prior to now.


DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — The United Arab Emirates and Bahrain have established a journey hall for vacationers who’ve been vaccinated towards the coronavirus.

The Gulf sheikhdoms collectively introduced Monday that absolutely vaccinated vacationers will have the ability to fly between the nations with out having to bear obligatory quarantines.

The deal begins with Eid al-Fitr, one in every of Islam’s greatest holidays, on the finish of this week. Travelers should exhibit their vaccine standing with accredited COVID-19 well being move apps.

Similar quarantine-free journey bubbles are in impact elsewhere on this planet, like Australia and New Zealand.

Daily an infection charges within the UAE and Bahrain are comparable, hovering round 1,500 infections per day — nonetheless far above final year’s ranges.

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