Coronavirus: Chinese man jailed for lying about his travel history
The man was found guilty of lying about traveling to northern Italy. He was charged with obstructing the prevention of infectious diseases. He was confirmed to have contracted the coronavirus.
A man in China has been sentenced a man to 18 months in prison after he was found guilty of lying about traveling to northern Italy, where thousands of people have been infected by the novel coronavirus. The 29-year-old man, surnamed Guo, flew from Beijing to Milan on March 1 and returned to China on March 7, according to the country's Ministry of Public Security.
He took a train to his hometown of Zhengzhou, in Henan province, that same day, and then took the subway to work on March 8 and March 9. Local police quickly found out about his travel history. On March 11, Guo was charged with obstructing the prevention of infectious diseases.
Guo was confirmed to have contracted the coronavirus, and more than 40 close contacts were placed in quarantine.
This comes as authorities in China's Wuhan – once the epicentre of the novel coronavirus -- on Friday asked its residents to stay at home and avoid non-essential outings amid fears of a possible rebound of the disease due to the steady rise in the asymptomatic cases, days after the nine-week lockdown was relaxed in the city.Asymptomatic coronavirus cases are those who test positive for the virus but do not show any symptom and have the potential to cause sporadic clusters of infections.
China on March 25 downgraded the risk level of the coronavirus in Wuhan from high to medium and resumed bus services within the city for the first time since the three-month lockdown.
Currently, there are 1,075 asymptomatic patients under medical observation in the Chinese mainland, authorities say.
Though no new locally transmitted coronavirus cases were reported in Hubei and its capital Wuhan on Thursday, local health officials said 51 asymptomatic COVID-19 cases were detected, bringing the total to 742, all of whom have been put under medical observation.
So far, more than 53,000 people have died across the globe and over one million have been infected due to the virus.
According to official media reports, China also plans to test the over 11 million population of Wuhan as asymptomatic cases are being reported for the first time by Chinese officials since Wednesday, amidst international criticism casting doubts over China's officials figures of the coronavirus.
Under criticism from the international community for acting late to contain COVID-19 which broke out in December last year, the CPC leadership appeared keen to avert a rebound even as it gradually opened the province and the country to return to normalcy.