Taiwan is taking more stringent measures to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. The 24 million inhabitants of the island state managed to keep the virus largely out of the door last year, but now the number of infections is increasing rapidly.
Since the beginning of the pandemic, Taiwan has registered fewer than 1,500 infections and has never faced a far-reaching lockdown. The authorities Today report 180 new coronavirus infections, the largest increase so far.
Directors had already ordered the closure of restaurants and some other businesses in the capital Taipei. Now cinemas and other entertainment companies have to close down. Residents of the urban area around that Metropolis are also ordered to wear masks outside. There will also be stricter rules for social meetings.