Taiwan Fines Filipino Worker for 8-second Quarantine Breach

Public health authorities in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, have imposed a fine on a foreign worker for stepping out of his hotel room for 8 seconds while he was under coronavirus quarantine for precautionary measures.

Public health authorities in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, have imposed a fine on a foreign worker for stepping out of his hotel room for 8 seconds while he was under coronavirus quarantine for precautionary measures.

Local authorities said that the foreign worker that is from the Philippines left his hotel room without permission on November 19 during his mandatory 14-day quarantine.

He claimed that he only stepped out to give something to his friend that is in one of the rooms nearby.

Security camera footage showed that the man was in the hallway for 8 seconds.

According to the Public Health Officials, he knew that he wasn’t permitted to leave. 

As a result, they fined him 100,000 Taiwanese dollars, or about 3,600 US dollars.

Taiwan implements a 14-day quarantine on travelers from abroad, including its citizens. 

Penalties are imposed to people who have breached quarantine rules. 

According to Taiwanese authorities, there have been no new domestic cases of the coronavirus infection for almost eight months.

However, cases of the COVID-19 infection have been increasing among travelers from abroad.


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