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Taiwan may lift restriction on people who gather in one place by June 7

Taiwan could lift restrictions on the number of people who gather in one place if there are no new domestically transmitted infections by June 7, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) said Tuesday.

No new cases by June 7 would mean 56 straight days without a domestically transmitted infection, or four times the disease's 14-day incubation period, which would justify lifting the restrictions, the CECC said in a statement.

However, people would still have to give their names and contact details at gatherings and events, practice good personal hygiene, such as washing their hands, and wear face masks if they cannot keep a safe distance from others or when using public transportation, the CECC said.

The announcement came as the CECC again confirmed no new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday, the 44th consecutive day with no domestically transmitted infections. The lack of cases reflects the relative safety of everyday life in Taiwan with regards to COVID-19, the statement said.

Globally, COVID-19 has infected 5,524,652 people in 187 countries and regions, including 1,689,852 in the United States, 363,211 in Brazil, 353,427 in Russia, 261,184 in the United Kingdom and 235,400 in Spain, with a total of 345,359 fatalities, according to CECC data as of Tuesday. (By CNA / Photo CNA)

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