The state of play: Residents of both cities will be required to wear masks outdoors, and indoor and outdoor gatherings will be limited to five and 10 people respectively, according to the Taiwan Centers for Disease Control.
- All entertainment venues – as well as clubs, gyms, bars and hair salons – will have to close. Restaurants must implement social distancing.
- Schools will continue to offer classes, but will be closed to the general public.
- The measures are expected to remain in place between May 15 and May 28.
In numbers: The measures were announced after Taiwan’s outbreak central command center reported that 185 new cases of the virus were discovered on Saturday. This is “the largest single-day increase in community transmission since the start of the pandemic,” writes the Washington Post.
- The CCCB says Taiwan has a total of 1,475 cumulative confirmed cases and 12 deaths.
What they say: “The epidemic is growing in intensity,” health officials said, according to the Post. “Only by doing this can infections be treated and controlled. “
And after: Health officials have said a full lockdown could be imposed if more than 100 new cases are reported daily for two weeks.