Vice Minister of the Interior Hsu Ying-shan (
"I am physically fine and my temperature is normal," Hsu said in a telephone interview. "I am doing this to make sure that I do not become a virus carrier, although I am not sick at all."
On Tuesday, Hsu, who is now a spokesman for the Cabinet's ad hoc severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) response task force, led a team of officials and reporters on a random visit to a Taoyuan resident, surnamed Chang, who is under home quarantine.
The visit was to make sure that home-quarantined people did not break the rule that states they are not allowed to leave their homes without authorization during the 14-day quarantine period.
However, on Wednesday, Chang and two TV reporters who were with Hsu during the trip to Taoyuan began to develop a fever. As a result, Hsu decided to home quarantine himself, starting from yesterday.
Meanwhile, during a meeting yesterday, the Taoyuan County Council refused permission for Taoyuan County Bureau of Civil Affairs Chief Liu Chih-ching (
Councilors asked Liu and Chiu to quarantine themselves at home as Hsu had done.
KMT Taoyuan County Councilwoman Liu Mao-chun (
"We have to think about it seriously."
"Is it worth risking everybody's health to accompany central government officials on these kinds of dangerous trips? Is it necessary?" she asked.