Written by: Zheng Qiuling and Zhang Jiamin
2020-02-14 19:41Last updated: 2020-02-14 19:47
In response to the outbreak of pneumonia in Wuhan caused by a new coronavirus, Hong Kong has implemented a compulsory quarantine order since February 8. All people who have visited the Mainland and entered Hong Kong must undergo home quarantine for 14 days.
The Secretary for Food and Health, Mr Chan Siu-chi, said today (14th) that a total of 5,362 people were required to undergo quarantine orders, of which 580 were non-Hong Kong residents. An unannounced inspection by the authorities found that three Hong Kong people subject to compulsory quarantine attempted to leave Hong Kong and were sent to a 24-hour quarantine camp after being found. The Department of Justice is considering prosecution. The Director of the Security Bureau, Li Jiachao, announced that starting tomorrow (15th), in addition to the police, the four disciplined forces, including the Fire Services Department, Immigration Department, Customs and Correctional Services Department, will join in the surprise inspection. The relevant personnel will wear department uniforms or departments Vest, and will show department credentials.
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The Secretary for Food and Health, Chen Zhaoshi, said today (14th) that a total of 5,362 people were required to undergo quarantine orders, of which 4,782 were local residents and 580 were non-residents. More than 95% are quarantined at home, and the rest are in government quarantine camps or hotels. The authorities are investigating cases of illegal outings. One of them, an uncle, once bought food on the street and has promised not to violate it again. Another mother-in-law, writing the address "址 草", the police failed to come to the house to confirm. After finding it, she was always at home.
In the past, three Hong Kong people who had undergone compulsory quarantine attempted to leave Hong Kong and were intercepted by the Immigration Department and the Department of Health. They were then sent to a 24-hour guarding quarantine camp. The Department of Health and the police are collecting evidence and submitting it to the Department of Justice for consideration. Chief Executive Lin Zheng Yue'e said that he would take strict measures to achieve a deterrent effect.
Chief Executive Lin Zhengyue led officials to explain Hong Kong's "anti-epidemic" work. (Photo by Lu Yiming)
Li Jiachao announced that starting tomorrow, in addition to the police, the four disciplined units, including the Fire Services Department, Immigration Department, Customs and Correctional Services Department, will join in assisting surprise inspections. Relevant personnel will wear department uniforms or department vests and will show department certificates.
Li Jiachao said that the other four disciplined personnel will join the inspection and quarantine order from tomorrow. (Photo by Lu Yiming)
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Quaternary forces will wear their uniforms and present their credentials
The Department of Health announced at 7.30 pm that staff of the Correctional Services Department, the Customs, the Fire Services Department and the Immigration Department were appointed to assist in the enforcement of the Compulsory Quarantine Regulations for Certain Arrivals (Cap. 599C) ("Regulations") to ensure that Under the Regulations, persons subject to quarantine inspection must stay in their homes for compulsory quarantine. Health officers and police officers are those authorized to implement the Regulations. They will assist in on-site inspections of compulsory quarantine personnel. During the raids, the officers will wear their department uniforms or department vests and present their credentials to prove their identity.
The Department of Health said that the government also has a number of measures to monitor the compliance of quarantine persons with quarantine orders. The Office of the Government Chief Information Officer monitors the location of the quarantine person through the real-time location sharing function of the communication software, and will conduct a video call with the quarantine person. In addition, the Department of Health will also call the quarantine person to ensure that they stay in the residence.
The spokesman reiterated that all quarantine persons must strictly abide by the quarantine order. If anyone does not stay in the compulsory quarantine residence full time, the government will require relevant persons to immediately wear electronic devices or stay in closed quarantine camps as needed. The Government will also consider prosecuting persons who have not complied with a compulsory quarantine order. Those persons who are convicted will be sentenced to a maximum of six months in prison and a fine of $ 25,000.
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