Two Taiwanese quarantined in Russian hospital with fever

02/25/2020 10:32 PM
Photo courtesy of Agence France-Presse
Photo courtesy of Agence France-Presse

Taipei, Feb. 25 (CNA) Two Taiwanese nationals have been quarantined in hospital in Russia after they were discovered to have fevers when they were screened by authorities in Moscow, Taiwan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) said Tuesday.

The two were part of a group of four Taiwanese nationals that were stopped on Moscow's streets and subways by police and health officials, and sent to hospital for health checks, MOFA spokeswoman Joanne Ou (歐江安) said.

They were possibly stopped on suspicion that they were from China, the epicenter of the COVID-19 coronavirus, Ou said, adding that Taiwan's representative office in Russia has reached out to the Russian authorities for clarification on the incident.

Russia last Thursday ordered a temporary ban on Chinese nationals entering the country.

There have also been efforts in Russia to identify Chinese citizens on public transportation, with metro workers stopping riders they believe to be from China and demanding that they fill out questionnaires stating whether they have observed a 14-day quarantine period, according to the Associated Press.

The two Taiwanese nationals with fevers are currently being quarantined in hospital, while the other two have been have asked to isolate themselves at their hotels.

The families of all four have been notified by MOFA, Ou said, adding that her ministry is maintaining contact with the two in medical quarantine and offering assistance.

Since the outbreak of the disease, Russia has reported two cases of confirmed coronavirus, both of whom were Chinese nationals who were hospitalized in Siberia and have since recovered.

(By Chen Yun-yu and William Yen)

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