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The Institute for Taiwanese Studies (ITS) hosted a roundtable, featuring Dr. Ing-Wen Tsai (third from right, front row) in Los Angeles on January 16, 2006.  Currently, Dr. Tsai is the President of Taiwan and the Chairperson of Democratic Progressive Party (DPP, Taiwan).  ITS Chairman Wencheng Lin (first from left. front row), ITS President Adolf Huang (standing behind Dr. Tsai) and the scholars from USC, UCLA, UCI, Rand Corp., ITS and other invited guests attended the session.
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Wuhan Pneumonia Outbreak: China lied, People died

The new Coronavirus swept over China and across the globe.  It is a new virus, first detected in Wuhan, China, last December.  It was commonly called “Wuhan Pneumonia” in Taiwan.  WHO officially named the virus “COVID-19”.  It stands for corona virus disease 2019.  As of February 20, WHO reported that over 75,000 confirmed cases and over 2000 deaths.  Most of confirmed cases and deaths were from China.  The most affected countries or regions are Taiwan, Japan, South Korea, Singapore, Hong Kong and the United States.  Other regions were less severe.  Since China has lied about the coronavirus from the very beginning, it was difficult to figure out the exact number of cases and deaths.  Based on the videos and messages coming from Wuhan and other cities, some experts said that the infection totals could be over millions in China only.   Taiwan has a close tie with China, especially in business, trade and travel.  Taiwanese businesspeople and their families lived in China for many years.  It was estimated that over one million Taiwanese currently live in China.    Over ten thousand Taiwanese travelled to China daily in the past.  The virus outbreak was a bad news for Taiwan government.  The government had to take serious measures to prevent the virus from entering Taiwan.   On February 8, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) announced that travelers who have transited through China, Hong kong or Macau on their way to Taiwan would be quarantined for 14 days upon arrival.   The new policy was considerably tightens restrictions that previously only applied to people who had traveled in those regions.  At WHO, the US representative urged the WHO to engage directly with Taiwan public health authorizes in fight against the virus.   

























Posted: February 20, 2020
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