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Australia Orders Coronavirus Lockdown for 7 Million; Taiwan Battles Its Worst COVID Outbreak

HeadlineMay 27, 2021

Australia’s second most populous state of Victoria has been ordered on coronavirus lockdown, affecting about 7 million people. Contact tracers say they’ve identified 10,000 primary and secondary contacts who will need to be quarantined. Australia has recorded just 30,000 coronavirus cases and fewer than a thousand deaths after taking an aggressive approach against outbreaks.

Taiwan is battling its worst outbreak of the pandemic, with hundreds of new infections reported each day. Taiwan has had one of the world’s most successful campaigns against COVID-19, and it went more than 250 days without reporting any community spread.

Meanwhile, a new report finds that at least 19 countries where COVID is rampant are at risk of running out of oxygen supplies for patients. A review by the Bureau of Investigative Journalism found critical oxygen shortages in Argentina, Colombia, Iran, India, Nepal, Pakistan, South Africa and elsewhere.

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