Authorities in Taiwan slapped a hefty $3,500 fine upon a man who broke the COVID-19 quarantine rules for a mere 8 seconds.
The migrant worker who belongs to the Philippines was currently carrying out his quarantine in Kaohsiung City’s hotel. However, he stepped outside of his hotel room for nearly 8 seconds to enter the hallway. Media sources quoted how the city’s health department informed the details of the incident to the country’s official news agency.
If you’re wondering how he was caught, well, it’s all thanks to the CCTV footage that allowed the hotel staff to report him.
As a result of his wrongdoing, they immediately contacted the health department, as reported by the CNA.And that’s when the department decided to fine him a staggering 100,000 Taiwan dollars, which is equivalent to $3500.
Under the country’s recent quarantine regulations, no individuals are exempted from any of the rules.Therefore, it wouldn’t be wrong to say that strictness is of the highest limit. For this reason, all individuals must reside in their rooms with no stepping out.
And in case you do, it doesn’t matter for how long because you’re guilty of breaking the quarantine protocol.
Meanwhile, the Department of Health explained how people quarantining in the country shouldn’t take the rules for granted. Anyone that leaves their room will be fined, reported the CNA.
According to the latest facts released by the Department of Health, Kaohsiung City houses around 56 different quarantine hotels. And that encompasses a grand total of about 3000 rooms.
Around the globe, Taiwan is recognized with great appreciation in regards to its efforts at containing the recent pandemic. Similarly, the country is yet to impose any strict lockdown or resort towards drastic measures regarding civil freedoms. This is unlike its neighbor, mainland China.
The country reveals how it’s primary response relied upon speed. Taiwan’s authorities explained how they screened all passengers aboard direct fights coming from Wuhan. This was when the virus was initially identified. At the same time, the government invested in mass testing as well as effective means of contact tracing.
While the island’s population stands at a massive 23 million, it has only recorded 716 COVID-19 cases with just 7 deaths. These facts are confirmed and taken from Johns Hopkins University.