65-year-old man sentenced to 8 days in prison for leaving is residence after testing positive for COVID-19

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24th November 2022 – (Hong Kong) A 65-year-old man was sentenced by the West Kowloon Magistrates’ Courts today for violating the Prevention and Control of Disease Regulation (Cap. 599A).

 The man tested positive for COVID-19 on 23rd August and left his residence on 28th August. He was charged with contravening sections 32(1) and 32(3) of the Regulation and was sentenced to imprisonment for eight days, suspended for 12 months, by the West Kowloon Magistrates’ Courts today.

Under the Regulation, a person shall not, knowing that he or she 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 $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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