3 men jailed for breaching quarantine in Hong Kong

Hong Kong: 3 men jailed for breaching quarantine

Three men were sentenced to imprisonment on Monday for violating Hong Kong’s compulsory quarantine measures.

A 31-year-old man was given a three-month custodial sentence for giving regulatory officials a false residential address.

Meanwhile a 37-year-old and a 41-year-old violated the restrictions by leaving their places of residence.

Both were intercepted at border-control points between Hong Kong and mainland China.

The men received respectively 10 days and six weeks’ imprisonment.

The government said in a statement that they welcomed the judgment and that the sentences sent a clear message to the community that breaching quarantine orders is a criminal offense.

Also, the government would not tolerate the breach of quarantine.

Hong Kong continues to see an escalation in cases.

The government issued a new measure to make 14-day quarantine compulsory for anyone entering the city from overseas or from mainland China.

There are 641 confirmed Covid-19 cases in Hong Kong, a number that has tripled over a two-week period as overseas residents rushed to return from Europe, as well from Hubei province.

Hubei province is where the outbreak originated and where the number of infections has run into the thousands.

Those in quarantine must wear a QR-coded trackable wristband and remain in their places of residence.

But there are currently more than 32,000 people undergoing such measures and criticisms include questions about the effectiveness of the bands and about the government’s ability to keep track of such numbers.

In response to the second wave of infections in Hong Kong the government has limited gatherings to a maximum of four people and shut down public areas, such as sports grounds.

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