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Taiwan's COVID success story hits snag with shift to reopening

Taipei committed to easing border controls even as cases reach all-time highs

A medical worker rests at a drive-through test site in Taipei during mid-May. Taiwan has reported more than 2 million coronavirus cases to date.    © Reuters

TAIPEI -- Taiwan's lengthy success in keeping out COVID-19 is complicating the island's path away from a pandemic posture as a relaxation of travel curbs fuels a record spike in cases.

"We will ease border controls to get on the same page as the international community and return life to normal," Premier Su Tseng-chang said Monday while announcing a further relaxation of quarantine requirements for incoming travelers.

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