47-year-old woman sentenced to 2 weeks in prison for leaving place of quarantine

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25th November 2022 – (Hong Kong) A 47-year-old woman was sentenced by the Kwun Tong Magistrates’ Courts today for violating the Prevention and Control of Disease Regulation (Cap. 599A) (the Regulation).

The woman was earlier issued with a compulsory quarantine order. Before the expiry of the quarantine order, she left the place of quarantine on 22nd August. She was charged with contravening sections 32(1) and 32(3) of the Regulation and was fined HK$5,000 and sentenced to imprisonment for two weeks, suspended for 12 months, by the Kwun Tong Magistrates’ Courts today.

  Under the Regulation, a person shall not, knowing that he or she is a contact or is infected with a specified infectious disease, expose other persons to the risk of infection by the person’s presence or conduct in any public conveyance or any street, public place, place of entertainment or assembly, club or hotel. Breaching the Regulation is a criminal offence and offenders are subject to a maximum fine of HK$10,000 and imprisonment for six months. The Government will not tolerate such a violation and reminds the public again to comply with the relevant regulations.

The spokesman reiterated that co-operation and support by members of the public play a critical role in anti-epidemic work. They must strictly observe relevant requirements in order to fight the pandemic and minimise the risk of transmission in the community.

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