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Man sentenced to four-month immediate imprisonment for violating Prevention and Control of Disease Regulation
     A 63-year-old man was sentenced to immediate imprisonment for four months by the Kowloon City Magistrates' Courts today (February 5) for violating the Prevention and Control of Disease Regulation (Cap. 599A) (the Regulation).
     The man was earlier diagnosed with COVID-19 and was hospitalised in a public hospital for treatment. On December 18, 2020, he left the hospital without permission and was subsequently located by police on December 20, 2020, after a search. He was charged with contravening sections 32(1) and 32(3) of the Regulation, and was sentenced by the Kowloon City Magistrates' Courts today to immediate imprisonment for four months. 
     Pursuant to section 32 of the Regulation, a person shall not, knowing that he is a contact or is infected with a specified infectious disease, expose other persons to the risk of infection by the person's presence or conduct in any public conveyance or any street, public place, place of entertainment or assembly, club or hotel or by carrying on any trade, business or occupation. Offenders face a maximum fine of $5,000 and imprisonment for six months.
     A spokesman for the Department of Health said that cooperation by the public is the key to stop the spread of the disease in the community. Such irresponsible acts increase the risk of exposing other persons to infection. The Government severely condemns such acts and appeals to the public to adhere to the relevant regulations. As of today, a total of two persons have been convicted by the courts for breaching the Regulation in relation to COVID-19 and have received sentences including immediate imprisonment for up to four months. The spokesman reiterated that resolute actions will be taken against anyone who breaches the regulations.
Ends/Friday, February 5, 2021
Issued at HKT 19:30
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