TAIPEI -- A man infected with the new coronavirus will pay a penalty of 300,000 New Taiwan dollars ($10,000) for concealing his illness after traveling to Wuhan, the epicenter of the outbreak, Taiwanese health authorities said Saturday.
The man is one of three people as of Saturday in Taiwan who had been diagnosed as suffering from the potentially deadly infection, which can cause pneumonia.
He tested positive for the virus Wednesday at a hospital in the southern city of Kaohsiung, where the fine was announced, according to Taiwan's Central News Agency.
The man allegedly failed to disclose he had symptoms of an upper respiratory infection before he entered Taiwan, in violation of the infection control law.
More than 80 people who had contact with the infected traveler have been identified and are being tracked by health authorities.
One dance club employee who reported symptoms including a cough has been quarantined for testing, according to the report.
During the 2003 outbreak of SARS, or severe acute respiratory syndrome, more than 70 people in Taiwan died. »