Man jailed for breaking quarantine

Local | 5 Aug 2021 7:11 pm

A 27-year-old man has been sentenced to immediate imprisonment for 10 days by the  Kowloon City Magistrates' Courts today for violating a compulsory quarantine order.

He was issued the order when he entered Hong Kong, but failed to stay under quarantine at home for the full 14 days and left the premises on July 6 last year without reasonable excuse nor permission, the Department of Health said.

A spokesman of the department said the sentence sends a clear message to the community that breaching a compulsory quarantine order is a criminal offence that the government will not tolerate.

As of today, a total of 166 persons have been convicted by the courts for breaching compulsory quarantine orders and have received sentences including immediate imprisonment for up to 14 weeks or a fine of up to HK$15,000.

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