Man is fined £2,650 for breaking Taiwan’s coronavirus restrictions for eight seconds
- A man has been fined £2,650 in Taiwan for breaking coronavirus restrictions
- He had been quarantining when he stepped out of his hotel room for 8 seconds
- Hotel staff contacted the Department of Health after reviewing CCTV footage
A man has been fined £2,650 in Taiwan for breaking coronavirus restrictions for eight seconds.
The man, a migrant worker from the Philippines, had been quarantining in a hotel in Kaohsiung City.
Under the country’s Covid-19 rules, people in quarantine are not allowed to leave their hotel rooms, regardless of the length of time.
A man has been fined £2,650 in Taiwan for breaking coronavirus restrictions for eight seconds. Stock image above
The man stepped out of his room into the hallway for eight seconds in an incident which was caught on CCTV.
Hotel staff contacted the country’s Department of Health, who slapped him with the hefty fine of £2,650, or 100,000 Taiwan dollars, according to Taiwan’s official Central News Agency (CNA).
There are 56 quarantine hotels in Kaohsiung City alone with an estimated total of 3,000 rooms.
The country has largely been praised for its quick response to the coronavirus crisis and has recorded just 716 coronavirus cases and seven deaths since the start of the pandemic.
Taiwan has been praised for its quick response to the coronavirus pandemic and has recorded 716 cases and seven deaths
Checks on travellers arriving from Wuhan, where the epidemic started, were brought in as early as December 31.
As of December 6, 256,757 tests had been conducted in Taiwan, and foreign nationals were barred from entering the country from March 19, with a few exemptions.
On November 18 the country announced that from December 1, all travelers arriving in or transiting through Taiwan must provide proof of testing negative for COVID-19 within three working days of arrival.