Three Hongkongers who sparked a manhunt in Taiwan after flouting coronavirus quarantine rules have each been fined NT$70,000 (US$2,330).
Taiwan has imposed restrictions on people from Hong Kong and Macau since February 7 to tackle the coronavirus outbreak, requiring all travellers from the two cities to place themselves under home or hotel quarantine for 14 days after they land on the self-governed island.
Contact was lost with the three Hongkongers - two men and a woman - who arrived on February 8, according to the Taipei city government.
After health officials failed to contact them via the phone numbers and hotel addresses they provided, a manhunt was launched.
The authorities also reportedly posted their names online after deciding the three had provided false information.
The trio contacted police on Friday night and were sent to quarantine centres.
"We appeal to those who are still in their quarantine period. Don't try your luck and challenge regulations," the health department said on Saturday, warning in a statement that there would be no leniency for those who violated the law.
A fourth Hongkonger, who also could not be contacted in Taipei, was later found in a hotel. He told local media he mistakenly provided the wrong address to authorities because he was unfamiliar with the city.
The man, who was in good health, claimed he had remained inside the hotel.
There have been 18 confirmed cases of the coronavirus, which causes the newly named disease Covid-19, on the island. Hong Kong has 56 confirmed cases and Macau 10.
More than 67,000 people have been infected worldwide, mainly in mainland China, and there have been over 1,500 fatalities.
Taiwan's Centres for Disease Control said that anyone undergoing quarantine must not go outside or walk around, and must wear a mask. Authorities would also call visitors every day to check and record the condition of their health.
Those who fail to follow the rules face fines of up to NT$150,000.
In Hong Kong, meanwhile, police also launched searches for two people who could not be contacted during their quarantine period after returning to the city from the mainland.
Health minister Sophia Chan Siu-chee on Friday revealed the pair were both elderly. One of them, a man, had left home for food when officers went to check on him. In the other case, a woman had given a scrambled address that officers failed to locate.
The pair were later found and told to stay at home until the end of their 14-day quarantine.
Another three people who tried to leave Hong Kong were stopped by immigration officers and sent to 24-hour quarantine camps. Police are investigating and considering whether to press charges against the trio.
All people entering Hong Kong from mainland China and those who have been to the mainland within two weeks of their arrival in the city are subject to 14 days of quarantine.
Residents will be confined to their homes for a fortnight, while non-locals must stay at booked accommodation or government-run centres. Those violating an order could be fined a maximum of HK$25,000 (US$3,220) and jailed for six months.
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