Man who escaped quarantine found by police

Local | 27 Sep 2021 9:57 pm

A 75-year-old foreign male arriving in Hong Kong from Italy who escaped quarantine for more than a day has been found by police, sources said. 

The Centre for Health Protection of the Department of Health was notified by Ramada Hong Kong Grand hotel in Tsim Sha Tsui on Saturday evening that the man had left the hotel room and lingered in the corridor without permission during the hotel quarantine period, in contravention of the compulsory quarantine order.

The man was then requested by the hotel staff to return to his room. Under the established mechanism, the center reported the incident to the compliance team of the Designated Quarantine Hotel Scheme under the bureau as well as the police.

A vehicle from the Auxiliary Medical Service was also arranged to send the man to the quarantine center for compulsory quarantine on Sunday.

When the vehicle arrived at the hotel at around 1pm on that day, the man was found to be missing.

Surveillance camera footage showed the man left the hotel at around 11am on Sunday and walked towards Nathan Road along Hillwood Road in Tsim Sha Tsui.

Authorities warned that leaving a place of quarantine without permission is a criminal offense subject to a maximum penalty of six months in jail and a HK$25,000 fine upon conviction.

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