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Yunlin man breaks home quarantine, caught at local karaoke club

ROC Central News Agency

08/18/2020 03:03 PM

Taipei, Aug. 18 (CNA) A man in Yunlin County was caught over the weekend for violating his home quarantine restriction after returning from a recent trip abroad, the county's Police Bureau said on Tuesday.

Wu Ming-fang (吳明芳), who heads an investigative unit at Beigang Precinct, said the person was found by the police at a local karaoke club early Sunday morning when he should have been at home on his 14-day COVID-19 quarantine.

According to Wu, a quick background check showed that he only recently returned from a trip to China, and that his quarantine period has not yet expired.

The police turned the case over to the county's Public Health Bureau, which is now looking into what happened and will likely fine the man based on its findings. In the meantime, the man has been ordered back into quarantine.

Yunlin County Public Health Bureau Director Tseng Chun-mei (曾春美) said those who violate quarantine regulations are subject to fines of NT$100,000 (US$3,300) to NT$1 million.

Those regulations are based on provisions in the "Special Act for Prevention, Relief and Revitalization Measures for Severe Pneumonia with Novel Pathogens" and the "Communicable Disease Control Act," Tseng said.

Taiwan currently requires people returning to Taiwan from abroad to undergo a 14-day quarantine, during which time they are prohibited from leaving their place of residence.

(By Chiang I-ching and Ko Lin)

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