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Taiwan raises COVID restrictions after surge in cases

Island had been held up globally as model for its handling of the pandemic

People buy boxes of protective face masks in Taipei on Wednesday.   © Reuters

TAIPEI -- Taiwan imposed stricter movement restrictions around its capital on Saturday after a surge in COVID-19 cases on an island that had been seen globally as a model for its handling of the pandemic.

The number of local cases soared to 180 from 29 on Friday, prompting the government to raise its warning level to three on a scale of four in Taipei City and New Taipei City -- the economic hub of the island.

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