Hong Kongers arrested, fined for breaking Taiwan quarantine rules

The Hong Kongers gave a false address and phone numbers, so health officials were unable to contact them during the quarantine period. (CNA)

TAIPEI (CNA) — Three travelers who arrived from Hong Kong and violated quarantine regulations aimed at preventing the spread of the novel coronavirus epidemic in Taiwan were each fined NT$70,000 (US$2,300), according to Taipei City government health department Saturday.

The three individuals were placed in a secure quarantine facility and will be released on Feb. 23, after a 14-day quarantine period back-dated to their arrival on Feb. 8, the department said.

The Hong Kongers, two men and one woman, were found in a rented apartment in the Ximending area of Taipei City the previous day, according to the city government.

The Hong Kongers gave a false address and phone numbers, so health officials were unable to contact them during the quarantine period, the city government said.

Based on the Communicable Disease Control Act, individuals who violate the terms of their quarantine face a maximum fine of NT$150,000.

Also on Saturday, the police tracked down another three people who broke quarantine.

They are Taiwanese nationals Chen I-fei (陳乙菲), Tan Kuo-heng (譚國衡) and a man of unknown nationality, Chiang Chia-jung (江嘉榮), who were also found in Taipei, the city government said.

Chen entered Taiwan via the “mini three links” between China and Taiwan’s outlying county of Kinmen before those links with China were suspended on Feb. 10, while Tan and Chiang entered from China and Hong Kong, respectively, it said.

As of Friday, a total of 22 people in Taipei have been fined for violating home quarantine regulations.

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