Minor ruckus over suspected quarantine dodger

Local | 24 Mar 2020 12:20 pm

An underaged girl, suspected to be under quarantine orders, and accompanied by a male believed to be her father were caught on video last night in Sha Tin by a fellow diner at a Japanese restaurant.

Several such incidents have been captured on film in recent days and the Chief Executive Carrie Lam pleaded on Monday for those tempted to violate quarantine orders for a meal to restrain themselves and not let efforts of many to contain the virus to go to waste.

The young protagonist in last night's incident, was seen wearing a bracelet on her right wrist as she tucked into a meal  at Ca-Tu-Ya in King Wing Plaza in Shek Mun, Sha Tin.

The irate male diner followed the man and the girl as they first tried to hail a taxi and alerted the driver, who then refused the hire. They then walked to their hotel a few hundred meters away. The agitated diner followed them, yelling questions to them, and later uploaded the video on social media.

Authorities were alerted and the girl was later sent to the Fo Tan quarantine center.

The restaurant chain says it has disposed the utensils and disinfected the area, and will be closed temporarily.

On Monday,  Sing Kin Kung-kai, 31, who is accused of  breaching quarantine orders, became the first to be prosecuted in Hong Kong. He was produced before Tuen Mun Magistrate Kathie Cheung Kit-yee, who denied bail. He pleaded not guilty.


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