A man under quarantine in Taiwan was fined $3,500 (Rs
2,57,976 ) for stepping out of his hotel room for just eight seconds.
The migrant worker from the Philippines was quarantined at a hotel in Kaohsiung City near the southern tip of the island, when he briefly exited his room and stood in the hallway, CNN reported.
The seconds-long breach was captured on CCTV cameras by hotel staff, who later informed Taiwan’s Department of Health about his exit and that led to the hefty fine.
The man can be spotted leaving his room without permission and is then joined by another friend of his who was also in isolation.
The two can be seen trying to maintain social distancing. The man fined can also be seen stepping out only to keep something on the table which the other person was supposed to pick up.
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Taiwan has imposed one of the most effective COVID-19 responses across the globe and its efforts have been heralded globally. It imposes a 14-day quarantine on travellers from abroad, including its citizens, which does not permit people to leave their hotel rooms, irrespective of the time duration.