Taipei, May 15 (CNA) Taiwan's Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) raised the COVID-19 alert level for Taipei and New Taipei cities to Level 3 on Saturday, as the cities struggled to contain a spiraling number of domestic infections.
The new alert will be effective from today through May 28, the CECC said.
Under the CECC's four-tier alert system, a Level 3 alert means people are now required to wear masks at all times when they leave their homes, indoor gatherings of more than five people are not allowed, and outdoor gatherings are limited to 10 people.
A Level 3 alert, which has been in imposed in Taiwan for the first time, stops short of a lockdown and goes into effect when more than three community clusters are confirmed in a week or over 10 domestic cases of unknown origin are reported in a single day.
According to the CECC, Taiwan recorded an additional 180 new domestic cases through Friday night.
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CNA photo May 15, 2021