Taiwanese man to be fined for not reporting viral symptoms

Focus Taiwan
Date: 01/25/2020
By: Wang Shwu-fen and Elizabeth Hsu

The dance club in Kaohsiung where a Taiwanese man with the 2019 novel coronavirus visited on Jan. 21

Kaohsiung, Jan. 25 (CNA) The Kaohsiung city government said Saturday it will fine a Taiwanese man for not reporting his illness after returning home from Wuhan, the Chinese city at the heart of a coronavirus epidemic.

The businessman, who arrived at Kaohsiung International Airport on Jan. 21, will be fined NT$300,000 (US$9,987) for violating the Communicable Disease Control Act, said Pan Chao-ying (潘炤穎), a specialist with the city's Department of Health.

He said the man, one of three confirmed cases of infection from the 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) in Taiwan, did not tell the relevant authorities that he had symptoms of an upper respiratory infection before he entered Taiwan.

Moreover, the man in his 50s visited a dance club in the southern Taiwan city the day after his return without wearing a face mask, Pan said, and because of his behavior, a female worker at the club developed symptoms Saturday morning and had to seek treatment.    [FULL  STORY]

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