COVID-19: Man fined £2,600 for breaking coronavirus rules for eight seconds in Taiwan

Taiwan has fined a man more than £2,600 after he left his hotel room for eight seconds while in quarantine, according to the country’s national news agency. 

The Filipino migrant worker stepped out of his room at the Kaohsiung hotel where he was quarantined to leave something outside the door of a friend who was also isolating on Saturday.

Hotel staff reported the incident to authorities after catching him on CCTV, Taiwan’s health department told Central News Agency.

The migrant worker, who arrived in Taiwan last month, was hit with a NT$100,000 (£2,645) fine shortly afterwards for breaking quarantine rules.

There has been a recent spike in imported COVID-19 cases in Taiwan, prompting health authorities to clamp down on rule-breakers.

The city of Kaohsiung has 56 hotels where international visitors are kept in quarantine for 14 days after entering the country.

Anyone who breaks the quarantine regulations can be fined between NT$100,000 (£2,645) to NT$1000,000 (£26,830).

Taiwan has been hailed as a success story during the pandemic, recording 733 confirmed cases and seven deaths.

The country was quick to implement strict border controls and mandatory quarantine for all travellers, and those on the island have proactively worn face masks.

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