Three sent to jail in Hong Kong for breaching quarantine rule

    HONG KONG – Three men were sentenced to imprisonment on Monday for breaching quarantine orders following conviction upon prosecution under the Compulsory Quarantine of Certain Persons Arriving at Hong Kong (Amendment) Regulation 2020 (the Amendment Regulation).

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    All are Hong Kong identity card holders.

    Thirty-year-old Sing Kin Kung Kai, who was the first in the city to be tried and convicted under the Amendment Regulation, has no settled abode in Hong Kong .

    He provided a fake home address for quarantine to a nurse upon arrival at the Shenzhen Bay Port on March 8. He was convicted of “giving false information to a licensed officer” and sentenced to 3 months in jail.

    quarantine order on March 10 when he attempted to go out from the city to visit the Chinese mainland via the Shenzhen Bay Port.

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    In passing the sentence at the Fanling Magistrates’ Courts, magistrate So Man-lung said that although Sing had not contracted the disease at the time of apprehension, he couldn’t confirm at that point if he had indeed been infected until the test results came out.

    So denounced Sing’s actions as “selfish” and said the offender had disregarded Social Security , refused to cooperate with police and undermined the efforts of the medical staff to contain the outbreak.

    To deal with the increasing number of imported COVID-19 cases, the Hong Kong government, since Feb 8, has imposed a 14-day mandatory home quarantine requirement on all arrivals from the mainland.

    Violation of quarantine orders may be a criminal offense punishable by a fine of up to HK$25,000 and a jail term of up to 6 months.

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