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Taipei to cover quarantine cost of residents who stays at hotels

The Taipei City Government already implemented a 14-day mandatory quarantine to all its residents. The city prepared NT$7,000 subsidy for those residents who are staying at the hotels, they can have it via online application to be launched next week.

The local government of Taipei told the Central Epidemic Command Center that 90 percent of hotels are full due to many residents are under home quarantine amid COVID-19.

Some residents have reported being rejected by other hotels after informing them that they have been ordered into quarantine, she said, she said.

“The city government hopes these quarantined city residents would inform the [non-quarantine] hotels about their situation, so that such hotels can take enhanced precautionary measures,” Huang said.

The hotels can also contact the Taipei Department of Information and Tourism or the Department of Health for assistance if they have guests under quarantine.

As of Monday, there were more than 10,900 people under home quarantine in Taipei after returning from abroad, and people are worried about the increased risk of infection, as well as the heavy burden on borough heads, police officers and officials responsible for monitoring those in quarantine, she said.

If city government thinks that the nation has sufficient testing capacity, more Taiwanese returning from Europe and the US should be tested, she said.

Returning Taiwanese should also be asked to return home in groups every 14 days to avoid putting a strain on the city’s quarantine capacity, Huang said.



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