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MELBOURNE, Australia (Radio Australia, May 23) - Health
authorities in Taiwan are battling to control an escalating SARS crisis after a
record number of cases were announced in the wake of an island-wide travel alert
by the World Health Organisation.

Taiwan has been alone among SARS hotspots across Asia this week,
registering significant numbers of new cases while other regions have posted
steady declines.

A further 65 new cases, nearly double the previous daily record,
have been announced, taking Taiwan's tally to 483 infections and 60 fatalities.

China remains the worst-affected country, with latest figures
putting the death toll at 300 with more than five-thousand-200 cases.

Singapore announced two more deaths from the disease, bringing
the death toll there to 31.

May 23, 2003

Radio Australia: www.abc.net.au/ra 

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