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Restrictions were reintroduced as the virus re-emerged in much of Asia

TAIPEI, TAIWAN (AP) – Taxi drivers are starving for customers, weddings are abruptly canceled, schools are closed, and restaurant service is limited in much of Asia as the coronavirus revives countries where they seem to be doing well. were controlled.

The death toll in sparsely populated Mongolia has risen from 15 to 233, while Taiwan, which has been hailed as a major breakthrough in the fight against the virus, has reported more than 1,000 cases since last week, putting more than 600,000 people in two weeks of medical isolation.

Hong Kong և Singapore The quarantine-free travel balloon has been postponed for the second time since the outbreak in Singapore. China, which has eradicated local infections, has seen new cases that are apparently linked to contact with people from abroad.

The renaissance did not come close to the massacre in India որոշ in some parts of Europe, but it is a profound reminder that the virus remains resilient despite strict mask mandates, case investigations, mass trials, and the deployment of the latest weapons against it. Vaccinations.

This pushes back the efforts to normalize social and economic life, especially in schools and areas such as the hospitality industry, which are built on public relations.

The increase in Taiwan is due to the easier transmission, which was first discovered in Britain, according to Chen Xien-en, former vice president of the Epidemiological Island, who led the highly regarded epidemic response last year.

Complications are common among seniors who frequent frequent tea shops in the Wanhua district of Taipei. They did not say that as of Tuesday, they had about 375 new cases. Tea shops are known for providing adult entertainment with song and dance.

“These seniors, when they go to these places, want to keep it hidden,” Chen said. “When we investigate, they may not be honest.”

In Vanhua, there is usually a lively area with food stalls, shops, entertainment venues, Huaxi Night Market, and the historic Longshan Buddhist Temple.

Kao Yu-chieh, who runs a breakfast shop in the area, says the business has shrunk by at least 50% since last week.

Taxi driver Wang Xian Chong said he had not had a customer for three days. “Everyone is affected. This is a problem throughout Taiwan. “We have to go through it,” he said, smoking a cigarette on a street in Wanhua.

Schools, gyms, swimming pools are closed in Taipei, քան more than five people ներ gatherings of more than 10 people are prohibited. The island closed all schools on Wednesday.

Taiwanese President Ai Ying-wen has tried to reassure the public that he is returning to buy panic to avoid public places.

“We will continue to strengthen our medical capacity,” he said, adding that vaccines come from abroad.

Malaysia unexpectedly imposed a one-month blockade until June 7, due to a sharp increase in cases, more contagious variants, and a weak public response to health care measures.

It was the second nationwide blockade in just one year, after the country quadrupled since January, to more than 474.00. Interstate travel and social activities are prohibited, schools are closed, and restaurants can only provide outbound service. The government has warned that hospitals have almost increased their capacity to catch new cases of coronavirus.

Singapore has imposed strict social distance measures until June 13, restricting public gatherings to two and banning restaurant dinners.

It came after the number of coronavirus infections of unknown origin rose to 42 last week from seven last week. Singapore used to be considered an example after keeping the virus away months ago.

Schools moved online after students from several institutions tested positive. Weddings are no longer allowed, and funerals are closed for 20 people.

For wedding planner Michelle Lowe, at least seven clients have either canceled or postponed weddings scheduled for next month. Other couples preferred to hold a simple ceremony without a reception, he said.

Singap Yeni Chang, who runs two Latin dance studios in Singapore, says stricter restrictions have drastically reduced class size.

“We are admitting fewer students, but the cost of tuition remains the same,” Chang said. “We will be able to continue our activities, it largely depends on the number of coronavirus cases.”

Hong Kong has responded to new outbreaks by increasing the quarantine requirement from 14 to 21 days without vaccination for travelers from “high-risk” countries, including Singapore, Malaysia, Japan, Japan, Argentina, Italy, the Netherlands and Kenya.

China has set up checkpoints at toll booths, airports and train stations in Liaoning province, where three additional cases were reported on Tuesday. Lers travelers must have recent negative virus test evidence, և a mass test has been ordered in a port city in Yingku, which has shipping links to more than 40 countries.

There were 35 deaths in Thailand on Tuesday, the highest since the outbreak began. That brought the death toll to 649, of which 555 were reported on the latest channel. About three-quarters of the 116,000 cases in Thailand have been reported since early April.

There were about 7,100 deaths in Thailand last year, including 63 deaths, which was considered a success story.

The renaissance has created difficult choices for governments, especially in poorer countries, where blocking restrictions could increase financial suffering for those already living on the brink of starvation.

In the Philippines, President Rodrigo Duterte has eased toughness in the capital, neighboring provinces, to fight economic recession and hunger, but has still banned public gatherings this month as numerous festivals of the Roman Catholic Church are held.

COVID-19 infections began to rise from March to the worst levels in Asia, exceeding 10,000 a day, prompting Duterte to block April in and around Manila. The Philippines reported more than 1.1 million infections, with more than 18,800 deaths, although the tide began to weaken.

The Minister of Health, Francisco Duke III, noted that the partial resumption of economic activity, increased non-compliance with restrictions և inadequately targeted people with viruses causing a sharp increase in the impact of viruses.

Experts say that the delivery of vaccines, although delayed, in small quantities, also contributes to the false confidence that the epidemic will end.


Son reported from Singapore. Associated Press writers Eileen Ng in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Jim Gomez in Manila, and Grant Peck in Bangkok contributed to this report.


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