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Photo: I-Hwa Cheng/Bloomberg via Getty Images

The Taiwanese government on Saturday raised the coronavirus alert levels for two cities, Taipei and New Taipei City, after authorities reported a surge in new infections.

The state of play: People in the two cities will be required to wear masks outdoors, and indoor and outdoor gatherings will be limited to five and 10 people respectively, per the Taiwan Centers for Disease Control.

  • All entertainment venues — along with clubs, gyms, bars and hair salons — will be required to shut down. Restaurants must implement social distancing.
  • Schools will continue to offer instruction, but will be closed to the general public.
  • Measures are expected to remain in place between May 15 and May 28.

By the numbers: The measures were announced after the Taiwan Central Epidemic Command Center reported that 185 new virus cases were found on Saturday. This is "the largest single-day increase of community transmission since the pandemic began," the Washington Post writes.

  • The CECC says that Taiwan has a total of 1,475 confirmed cumulative cases and 12 deaths.

What they're saying: "The epidemic is gaining intensity," health officials said, according to the Post. "Only by doing this can infections be dealt with and controlled."

What's next: Health officials said a full lockdown could be imposed if more than 100 new cases are reported daily for two weeks.

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John Frank, author of Denver
May 14, 2021 - Axios Denver

Colorado ends most COVID-19 limits, lifts mask order

Colorado Gov. Jared Polis adjusts his face mask. Photo: Helen H. Richardson/The Denver Post via Getty Images

Colorado will no longer require face masks in most settings — even for unvaccinated people — and expects to lift all public health guidelines at the end of the month.

Driving the news: The state's move goes beyond the latest CDC guidelines that allow vaccinated people to go maskless because it also applies to those who are not immunized.

May 14, 2021 - Axios Events

Risk tolerance for vaccinated Americans put to test with mask guidance

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

The CDC announced Thursday that fully vaccinated people no longer need to wear masks indoors.

Why it matters: The U.S. is entering a new stage in the pandemic where the public — vaccinated or not — will need to assess its own risk tolerance in shared spaces.