The Ministry of Economic Affairs announced that the government will continue to requisition eight million surgical face masks per day until the end of July, despite the coronavirus situation easing off here in Taiwan.
Minister without Portfolio Audrey Tang is encouraging the public to pre-order their government-issued stimulus vouchers and to choose the digital format if possible to avoid long lines when they are made available from tomorrow.
Congratulatory message from Shen Jong-chin, Minister, Ministry of Economic Affairs
The Ministry of Economic Affairs says the island's food and beverage industry had its worst sales month in April since November of 2014, as more consumers opted to stay at home and eat due to concerns about the coronavirus.
Taiwan's industrial production index increased 3.51% in April 2020 compared with the same month in 2019. According to a report by the Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA), an annual comparison by main industrial division showed that manufacturing increased 4.15%, mining & quarrying increased 21.89%, electricity & gas supply decreased 5.35% and water supply decreased 0.19%.
Wholesale, retail and food services sales all fell in May compared to the same month in 2019.
Taiwan's export orders in April 2020 increased 2.3% to US$38.53 billion from the same month in 2019, according to a report by the Ministry of Economic Affairs, although, when measured in New Taiwan dollars, given the local currency's appreciation, the report said export orders were approximately NT$1,159.2 billion, which was down 0.3% year-on-year.
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Education Minister Pan Wen-chung says more than 2,000 foreign students from 11 countries and areas, who are graduating this year, will be allowed to return to Taiwan soon.
Taiwan's Academia Sinica has announced licensing opportunities for rapid screening of the Covid-19 virus antigen.
The Ministry of Education is ready to allocate NT$100 million this year for developing international education at the elementary, junior high and high school level.
The government says it will provide a one-time grant of NT$10,000 to people not enrolled in social insurance plans as well as to farmers and fishermen who have not qualified for other forms of financial aid.