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Taiwan reports 333 coronavirus cases, capital closing schools

People wearing face masks walk past the Taipei 101 building after the COVID-19 alert was raised to level 3 in Taipei, Taiwan, on May 15, 2021. (AP Photo/Chiang Ying-ying)

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Taiwan reported 333 domestically transmitted COVID-19 cases Monday, in the island's largest outbreak since the start of the pandemic.

    Local governments ordered the closure of all schools in the capital for two weeks starting Tuesday. The largescale school closure is a first for the island, which has otherwise been a success story, keeping infections and deaths low. It has counted 2,017 confirmed cases and 12 deaths throughout the pandemic.

    Of Monday's new cases, 158 were in Taipei and 148 were found in neighboring New Taipei city, Health minister Chen Shih-chung said at a news briefing Monday afternoon.

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