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Singapore boots out resident for breaking quarantine

2020-02-26 HKT 18:55
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  • A foreign resident of Singapore who broke quarantine rules and flew out has been banned from re-entering Singapore. File photo: AFP
    A foreign resident of Singapore who broke quarantine rules and flew out has been banned from re-entering Singapore. File photo: AFP
Singapore said on Wednesday that it had withdrawn an unnamed foreigner's permanent resident status for violating quarantine order imposed over coronavirus fears.

The resident was ordered to stay at home in self-quarantine after his recent travel to China. But local media reported the 45-year-old was caught trying to leave the country.

But the man insisted on flying out. The authorities then stripped him of his permit to stay and banned him from entering the country again.

The authorities also said they have charged a Chinese man infected with coronavirus and his wife for lying to health authorities investigating whether they had passed the illness to others.

Singapore has recorded nearly 100 cases of the Covid-19 infection since the illness first originated in the Chinese city of Wuhan last December.

With nearly 2,800 confirmed deaths and more than 81,000 cases worldwide, Singapore has banned the entry of visitors who have travelled through China or parts of South Korea within two weeks of their arrival.

Hu Jun, originally from Wuhan, arrived in Singapore on January 22 and later tested positive for the illness. The 38-year-old has since recovered and been discharged from hospital.

His Chinese wife, a resident of the city-state, was issued a quarantine order.

Singapore's health ministry said the couple "had given false information... about their movements and whereabouts" to officials investigating whether they could have passed the infection on to others.

They were charged because of the potentially serious risk their actions had posed to public health, the ministry added.

The pair face a fine of up to US$7,150 and six-month imprisonment if convicted. (AFP)