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Taiwan Eyes Easing Lockdown as New Cases Fall to Single Digits

  • Authorities report 8 new infections, lowest since May 11
  • Health minister says limits on restaurants likely to stay
A half empty street at a night market in Taipei. 

A half empty street at a night market in Taipei. 

Photographer: Billy H.C. Kwok/Bloomberg

Taiwan’s top health official indicated he is likely to lift soft-lockdown measures later this month, giving a boost to sectors struggling to stay afloat amid widespread Covid-19 restrictions.

The rapidly falling number of new daily cases means the government is unlikely to further extend measures aimed at halting the spread of Taiwan’s worst Covid outbreak once they come to an end on July 26, health minister Chen Shih-chung said at a briefing in Taipei. The Centers for Disease Control reported just eight new domestic infections Saturday, the first single-digit total since May 11.