Taiwan has seen a small rise in local COVID cases since the start of the month, which are almost all Omicron.
This has been mainly linked to workers at the main international airport in the northern city of Taoyuan who were infected by arriving passengers.
The infections have also gradually spread although numbers remain comparatively low with a dozen or so new cases a day, but the government has since announced 60 new cases at a factory near the airport after testing 1,000 workers.
There have been no deaths and most of the cases have had only mild or no symptoms.
Officials announced a series of new steps, including a ban on eating and drinking on public transport and limits on the number of people visiting temples, ahead of the week-long Lunar New Year holiday which starts at the end of this month.
Testing will be expanded to reach the largest number of possible contacts, said Health Minister Chen Shih-chung.
He said: "Of course we think this pandemic is threatening, so we must raise our vigilance."
In a statement, Premier Su Tseng-chang added that even though this outbreak has brought no serious illness, steps still needed to be taken immediately.
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