Taiwanese man fined NT$1M for breaking quarantine rules 7 times

Photo courtesy of the Taichung City Government

TAIPEI (The China Post) — A Taiwanese businessman who recently returned to Taichung will be fined NT$1 million for slipping out of his home seven times within his quarantine period, the Health Bureau of the Taichung City Government (台中市府衛生局) said on Monday.

According to the Health Bureau, the man will be asked to quarantine in a government-run center and will not be eligible for receiving the NT$1,000 per day benefit for his quarantine period.

In addition, he will need to pay an additional NT$3,000 per day to stay in the government quarantine facility.

Taichung Mayor Lu Shiow-yen (盧秀燕) condemned the man’s actions, criticizing his disregard for his family and neighbors’ health.

As he violated the quarantine numerous times, the Health Bureau announced that he will be fined NT$1 million. 

Meanwhile, as the COVID-19 outbreak continues to worsen, all hospitals in Taichung now prohibit visitors for fear of further spread, the Health Bureau said.

Those who wish to visit patients in the intensive care units or hospice wards will need the consent of the attending physician, and only one visitor is allowed per patient, the Health Bureau added.

Inpatients with special visiting needs in intensive care wards and hospice wards can only be visited with the consent of the attending physician, and inpatients can only be accompanied by one person.