DPP Legislator Violates Disease Prevention Rules 與確診者足跡重疊 立委陳明文遭匡列採檢

Previously, DPP Legislator Chen Ming-wen's footprints overlapped with a Chiayi principal that tested positive for COVID-19. However, he attended a public event the day after getting tested and pulled down his mask to give a speech. The Chiayi County Health Bureau said Chen violated regulations.

Democratic Progressive Party Legislator Chen Ming-wen recently attended a public event in Chiayi County. He gave a speech during the event, and pulled down his mask in order to address the crowd. A Kuomintang Chiayi County councilor posted a photo of Chen at the event on her Facebook to show his violation of disease prevention regulations. Chen previously attended an event where a participant later tested positive, and was ordered to get tested. He got tested on March 19, and then attended a public event on March 20, during which he pulled down his mask. These actions violated self-health management regulations.

Chan Wan-chen, Chiayi County Councilor (KMT): “He should have been undergoing self-health management during this time instead of going out. If you're allowed to go out, then you should wear your mask properly at all times.”

Chen Shih-chung, Health and Welfare Minister: “First, we'll see if the timing of him taking off his mask violates our regulations. Second of all, we're supposed to avoid (taking public transport) during (the) self-health (management period).”

Health and Welfare Minister Chen Shih-chung tried to defend the legislator, saying it needs to be seen if the legislator's removal of his mask during self-health management violated any regulations. He also said people undergoing self-health management should avoid taking public transport and coming into contact with unknown people. Chen Ming-wen confessed to attending the public event, apologized, and said he is willing to receive any punishment.

Chen Ming-wen, Legislator (DPP): “The PCR test came back negative, so I thought, there should be no problems (going out) since I've gotten three vaccine doses. During the speech, my mask accidentally slipped off.”

Chao Wen-hua, Director, Chiayi County Health Bureau: “People are supposed to avoid going to public places in the three days after getting tested. If they absolutely have to go out, they must wear a mask. His actions violated the Communicable Disease Control Act, and we will issue a fine of between NT$3,000 and NT$15,000.”

Chiayi County's Health Bureau said Chen was tested on March 19 and attended a public event on March 20. This was a violation of the Communicable Disease Prevention Act, which carries a fine of NT$3,000 to NT$15,000. Chen asked for the highest fine to be levied, and the bureau will comply. The bureau also said there is no need to worry, as Chen and the confirmed case were both wearing masks when their footprints overlapped and Chen subsequently tested negative.