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Feb 26, 2020
6:23PM

Chinese man infected with coronavirus charged in Singapore for lying to health authorities

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A Chinese man infected with coronavirus and his wife have been charged in Singapore for lying to health authorities investigating whether they had passed the illness to others, officals said today.

Hu Jun, originally from Wuhan, arrived in Singapore on January 22 and later tested positive for the illness. The 38-year-old has since recovered and been discharged from hospital. His Chinese wife, a resident of the city-state, was issued a quarantine order.


They were charged because of the potentially serious risk their actions had posed to public health, the ministry added. The pair face a fine of up to US $7,150 and six-month imprisonment if convicted.


Singapore has recorded nearly 100 cases of the COVID-19 infection since the illness first originated in the Chinese city of Wuhan last December. It has banned the entry of visitors who have travelled through China or parts of South Korea within two weeks of their arrival.

 

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