Taiwan has extended its level 3 alert over a continuing Covid-19 outbreak, reporting 281 new local cases today, and a further six deaths, APA reports citing The Guardian.
The largest group of new cases - who were tested yesterday - were again in New Taipei city (155), while 49 were in the capital, Taipei. Two new cases detected in Taitung means there is now community transmission of Covid-19 in every county of Taiwan.
The whole of Taiwan is currently on the third of a four-tier alert system, and all schools were ordered closed until the end of the month. The CECC said both measures were being extended until 14 June, and said all school graduation ceremonies should be cancelled or held online.
It has previously said a level 4 alert - bringing a strict lockdown - would not be triggered until there were 14 consecutive days of more than 100 cases, with 50% untraced. While it appears on track to potentially reach the 14 days threshold, the number of untraced cases is below 50%.