TAOYUAN, Taiwan (Reuters) – Health worker Huang Ching-yuan knows exactly what to do the moment her mobile phone sounds an alert that someone in home quarantine as part of Taiwan’s stringent coronavirus prevention methods has stepped somewhere she shouldn’t.
Traditional Chinese medicine is seen included in care packages to be delivered by the Taoyuan health department to people who have been ordered to be under self-quarantine, in Taoyuan, Taiwan, March 25, 2020. REUTERS/Ann Wang
Huang, a government employee in the industrial northern city of Taoyuan, immediately calls the 27-year-old woman to tell her the police are coming to check on her whereabouts.
“The police will confirm your location,” Huang tells her. “You won’t be punished as long as you’re actually at home,” she adds, referring to fines of up to T$1 million ($33,051) for people who step outside before their mandatory 14-day quarantine expires.
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