Taiwan reports 206 new domestic Covid-19 infections

TAIPEI (REUTERS) – Taiwan reported 206 new domestic Covid-19 infections on Sunday (May 16), as the island grapples with an increase in community infections.

Taiwan has appealed to people to avoid panic buying of items such as instant noodles and toilet paper as new curbs on gatherings and movement took effect to rein in the spread of Covid-19 during a spike in domestic infections.

Taiwan raised its coronavirus alert level in the capital, Taipei, and the surrounding city, on Saturday (May 15), imposing two weeks of restrictions that will shut many venues and limit gatherings.

While total infections since the pandemic began remain low at 1,475, the recent community transmissions have alarmed a population that had become accustomed to life staying close to normal, with no full lockdowns of the kind seen elsewhere.

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