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Man in Taichung fined a minimum NT$500,000 for breaching quarantine protocol 7 times

A Taiwanese businessman in Taichung, central Taiwan who returned from China on Jan. 21 and has been in quarantine is likely to face a heavy fine of no less than NT$500,000 after going outside seven times in violation of quarantine regulations, Taichung Mayor Lu Shiow-yen said Monday.

Lambasting the businessman's conduct as a serious offense that endangers the health and safety of his family, neighbors and the whole city, Lu said such behavior will absolutely not be tolerated.

According to Taiwan's quarantine regulations, all travelers entering the country are required to undergo 14 days of quarantine during which they are prohibited from going outside, Lu said. However, the businessman went out seven times while in quarantine.

The city government has since transferred the man to a designated group quarantine facility and will issue a minimum fine of NT$500,000, according to the mayor.

Individuals who violate quarantine regulations are subject to fines ranging from NT$100,000 to NT$1 million in accordance with the Special Act for Prevention, Relief and Revitalization Measures for Severe Pneumonia with Novel Pathogens, Lu added.

When asked how the city plans to respond to the increasing number of domestic cases of COVID-19 linked to a recent cluster infection at Taoyuan General Hospital, where the number of cases had increased to 15 as of Sunday, Lu said she has ordered the suspension or cancellation of events to be attended by more than 100 people. She also urged citizens to wear masks when taking part in outdoor activities.

"Regardless of where you are from, we are all Taiwanese," Lu emphasized, saying that the city government will continue to support and provide assistance to Taoyuan. -Central News Agency



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