CECC introduces stricter home quarantine, isolation measures

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TAIPEI (CNA) — Anyone who breaks home quarantine and isolation rules by gathering at the home of someone who be could potentially infected with the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) will henceforth be fined, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) said Wednesday.

Both those ordered to stay at home and those invited to their residence will be fined NT$200,000 (US$6,635) for incidents involving individuals under home isolation and NT$300,000 for those under home quarantine, the CECC said.

The new rule was introduced after a college student under home quarantine invited people to a residence to party, which did not, strictly speaking, violate the rule that bars those under quarantine from going outside.

In addition, the CECC announced that anyone who did not register for the last round of online mask orders (April 1-3) could do so from 8 p.m. Wednesday to April 10, while those who participated in the last round can order their new masks from April 15-17.

Starting Thursday, each adult will have access to nine masks every 14 days, up from three per week at present, while the quota for children’s masks, which cannot be ordered online, will remain 10 every two weeks.

Applicants must pay by April 13 and will receive their masks from April 16-29, the CECC said.

In addition to convenience stores already enrolled on the program, PX Mart and Simple Mart will also be added to the list of locations where residents can pick up their masks, it said.

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