Kaohsiung City – A Filipino OFW has been fined NT100,000 (the equivalent of PhP170,000) for breaking quarantine here.
Reports said the unidentified man, said to be a migrant worker who had arrived from Manila last week, had been ordered by Taiwan officials to quarantine in a hotel.
But he was caught on the hotel’s CCTV violating the country’s ultra-strict quarantine rules by “stepping out of his room for eight seconds” which was promptly reported to authorities by the staff.
Under their rules, persons in quarantine are not permitted to leave their hotel rooms under any circumtances, regardless of the length of time.
Taiwan has been discriminating against travellers from the Philippines due to its extraordinarily high volume of Covid19 infections (444,164 as of Dec. 9, 2020).
In contrast, Taiwan has chalked up only 716 coronavirus cases and seven deaths since the start of the pandemic some 10 months ago.