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Coronavirus

Taiwan's record COVID rates fail to slow drive to open up

Tsai administration faces down critics as it deals with lockdown fatigue

A man gets a COVID test at a newly open drive-through COVID venue in Taipei on May 4   © Reuters

TAIPEI -- Taiwan is pressing ahead with looser COVID-19 restrictions despite daily infections hitting a record 57,188 domestic cases on Wednesday, as fatalities remain very low.

Just eight deaths were recorded Wednesday, according to the Central Epidemic Command Center. Local case numbers exceeded 50,000 for the first time on Tuesday, a sharp jump from zero on Jan. 1, and 1,209 less than a month ago on April 15.

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