Man fined $3,500 for breaking Taiwan quarantine for eight seconds

The man, a migrant worker from the Philippines, was quarantined at a Kaohsiung hotel when he stepped out of his room and into the hallway, Taiwan’s Ministry of Health said.

The man was caught on video surveillance by hotel workers who contacted the Ministry of Health, CNA reported. The department fined him 100,000 Taiwan dollars – around $ 3,500.

According to Taiwan’s quarantine rules, people are not allowed to leave their rooms, no matter how long.

People in quarantine shouldn’t believe they won’t be fined if they leave their hotel room, the Department of Health said, according to the CNA.

There are 56 quarantine hotels in Kaohsiung City with a total of around 3,000 rooms, the CNA department said.

CNN has asked the department for a comment.

Taiwan has been widely praised for its approach to containing the Covid-19 pandemic. It never had to impose strict bans, nor did it resort to drastic restrictions on civil liberties, as in mainland China.

Taiwan's coronavirus response is among the best in the world

Instead, Taiwan’s answer focused on speed. Taiwanese authorities began screening passengers on direct flights from Wuhan, where the virus was first identified, on December 31, 2019 – back when the virus was mainly the subject of rumors and limited reports.

The government also invested in mass testing and quick and effective contact tracing.

The island of 23 million people has recorded only 716 coronavirus cases and seven deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University.

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