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Two men sentenced for violating anti-epidemic regulations
     Two men were sentenced by the Magistrates' Courts today (December 22) for violating anti-epidemic regulations.

     The first case involved a 53-year-old man, who earlier tested positive for COVID-19 and was issued with an isolation order. Before the end of the isolation period, he left the place of isolation on October 18. He was charged with contravening sections 23(1), (3) and (5) of the Prevention and Control of Disease Regulation (Cap. 599A) and was sentenced to imprisonment for two weeks, suspended for 12 months by the West Kowloon Magistrates' Courts today.
     The second case involved a 47-year-old man, who was notified of his positive test result of COVID-19 on August 25. During the period when a Red Code was displayed in his Vaccine Pass, he left his residence and entered a scheduled premises under the Prevention and Control of Disease (Requirements and Directions) (Business and Premises) Regulation (Cap. 599F) on August 25. He was charged with one count of contravening sections 32(1) and (3) of Cap. 599A and one count of contravening sections 9AA(1) and (2) of Cap. 599F. He was sentenced to imprisonment for seven days, suspended for 12 months and a fine of $5,000 for the two charges by the Tuen Mun Magistrates' Courts today. 

     A spokesman for the Department of Health said that co-operation and support by members of the public play a critical role in the anti-epidemic work. They must strictly observe relevant requirements in order to fight the pandemic and minimise the risk of transmission in the community. The spokesman reiterated that resolute actions will be taken against anyone who breaches the relevant regulations.
Ends/Thursday, December 22, 2022
Issued at HKT 18:30
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