Taiwan experiences COVID-19 outbreak

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Taiwan on Monday, May 17 announced 333 local COVID-19 infections, a new single-day record since the start of the pandemic, according to Taiwan News.

The surge in infections continues to occur predominantly in the north of the country. New Taipei City reported 97 cases on Sunday and Taipei 89, and those figures have now increased again.

Taiwan's government had already responded to the increasing infection rate on Saturday, bringing in strict new measures in Taipei and New Taipei City, including mandatory mask wearing at all times while outside, outdoor gatherings being limited to 10 people, and indoor gatherings limited to five. Businesses are also being asked to register customers before allowing entry.

According to The Guardian, Wanhua District, one of the most heavily affected areas in Taipei, also saw trucks carrying decontamination teams cleaning its streets on Sunday.


RUNDOWN SHOWS:
1. Location of Taiwan on map and new infection counter
2. New infections broken down by area
3. Examples of new restrictions
4. Streets being disinfected
5. Supermarket shelves emptying
6. Vaccine being administered

VOICEOVER (in English):
"Taiwan on Monday, May 17 announced 333 local COVID-19 infections, a new single-day record since the start of the pandemic, according to Taiwan News."

"The surge in infections continues to occur predominantly in the north of the country. New Taipei City reported 97 cases on Sunday and Taipei 89, and those figures have now increased again."

"Taiwan's government had already responded to the increasing infection rate on Saturday, bringing in strict new measures in Taipei and New Taipei City, including mandatory mask wearing at all times while outside, outdoor gatherings being limited to 10 people, and indoor gatherings limited to five. Businesses are also being asked to register customers before allowing entry."

"According to The Guardian, Wanhua District, one of the most heavily affected areas in Taipei, also saw trucks carrying decontamination teams cleaning its streets on Sunday."

"Citizens have already responded to the new measures by largely emptying out the streets, and Taipei's metro system reported a 60 percent fall in passengers on Saturday. However, some panic buying at supermarkets has taken place."

"Taiwan has taken delivery of a total of 316,200 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine. However, as of May 15 only 186,149 doses had been administered, according to Taiwan's Central News Agency. The rate is now increasing, with 32,251 people receiving the vaccine in Taiwan on Friday."

SOURCES: Taiwan Central News Agency, Taiwan News, BBC, The Guardian
https://www.taiwannews.com.tw/en/news/4204938
https://focustaiwan.tw/society/202105150010
https://focustaiwan.tw/culture/202105160015
https://focustaiwan.tw/society/202105160008
https://focustaiwan.tw/society/202105110007
https://www.taiwannews.com.tw/en/news/4204005
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-57135647
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/may/16/lockdowns-and-panic-buying-in-taiwan-as-covid-cases-rise
https://focustaiwan.tw/society/202105150010