Plenty of coronavirus news with more subsidies, face mask rules on their way, but new cases are down, and local scientists make a breakthrough. Taiwan makes moves to bypass the WHA in May. Taiwan to the rescue on the world stage. HK’s Carrie Lam defends attack on RTHK, asking about Taiwan’s role in the WHO. Taiwan bans Zoom from all official use. French parliamentarians show support. The third runway at Taoyuan Airport gets EPA nod despite explosive concerns. Business news is mixed. NPP accuses President Tsai of breaking her word and demands changes to the Assembly and Parade Act. Johnny Chiang goes back to the future with the Institute of Revolutionary Practice plan to promote party talent. Finally, ahead of schedule, the second-stage signature drive is approved, clearing the way for the recall vote against Kaohsiung Mayor Han Kuo-yu to go forward in June.
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