Taiwan to quarantine travelers from South Korea starting Tuesday

Workers wearing protective suits spray disinfectant as a precaution against the coronavirus at the National Assembly in Seoul, South Korea, Monday, Feb. 24, 2020. South Korea reported another large jump in new virus cases Monday a day after the the president called for
Workers wearing protective suits spray disinfectant as a precaution against the coronavirus at the National Assembly in Seoul, South Korea, Monday, Feb. 24, 2020. South Korea reported another large jump in new virus cases Monday a day after the the president called for "unprecedented, powerful" steps to combat the outbreak that is increasingly confounding attempts to stop the spread. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

TAIPEI (The China Post/ANN) — Starting Tuesday, foreign nationals arriving from South Korea will be put under home isolation for 14-days, health authorities announced on Monday as the epidemic continues to worsen in the northeast Asian country.

Taiwanese nationals entering before Thursday (Feb. 27) will be asked to undergo 14 days self-health management, Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC, 中央流行疫情指揮中心), which is a looser quarantine measure, under which people are advised to stay home and take their temperatures regularly.

Starting Thursday, Taiwanese will be subject to the same rule as foreign nationals.

When a person is put under home isolation, it means that he or she is banned from leaving his or her residence, and will be checked upon every day by local officials.

Violations against home isolation are punishable by up to NT$150,000 (US$4,958), according to the Communicable Disease Control Act (傳染病防治法).

The new quarantine measures are introduced as Taiwan raises travel alert for South Korea to level three on Monday.

The public is advised against visiting the country, CECC Chief Commander Chen Shih-chung (陳時中) said.

To date, Taiwan has reported 30 confirmed coronavirus cases, of which one has died.

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