A man from the central province of Hunan was detained for five days after breaking COVID-19 quarantine rules, just as China is experiencing sporadic outbreaks.
The man, surnamed Yin, deliberately changed his train booking using a separate phone number without informing the authorities to evade a second quarantine in his hometown of Hengyang County, local police said Wednesday. The 47-year-old had completed the mandatory 14-day quarantine upon arriving in Guangzhou from Cambodia on May 12.
China has enforced the mandatory 14-day quarantine at designated facilities for all international arrivals since the early days of the pandemic. However, local authorities in several locations have instituted their own rules, requiring people returning from abroad to spend additional time indoors after their initial quarantine.
Upon finding Yin had skirted the virus-control policy in Hengyang, the 47-year-old was sent to a designated quarantine facility before being detained, according to local police. His family members were also tested for the virus to rule out any possible infections.
In March, China passed a law making it a criminal offense to hide travel histories or hinder virus-control efforts, with violators facing up to seven years in prison. Last April, a man in the central Henan province was jailed for 18 months for breaking quarantine rules in the country’s first such case.
Meanwhile, on Tuesday, police in the southern Guangdong province — currently witnessing a COVID-19 outbreak — said at least a dozen people had been either detained or arrested for flouting pandemic-control measures. They were held accountable for various reasons, including going fishing and visiting infected parents, ultimately breaking the rules.
Editor: Bibek Bhandari.
(Header image: Medical workers in front of a quarantine hotel in Guangzhou, Guangdong province, June 7, 2021. People Visual)