Woman who breached quarantine facing up to six months in prison

A woman who breached her 14-day quarantine imposed upon entry in Macau faces a prison sentence of up to six months or a fine, the Public Security Police Force (CPSP) said today (Friday).

According to the head of the CPSP Public Relations Division, Lei Tak Fai, the woman, a Hong Kong resident in her 40s, “left her [hotel] room”, where she was serving the mandatory medical observation period imposed by the authorities on the night of June 28.

The case was reported to have been detected by a hotel security officer appointed by the authorities to comply with the quarantine, according to the local press, and “was referred to the Public Prosecutor’s Office,” said Lei during a Covid-19 update press conference.

“As it turned out and there are indications that it violated article 14 of the Law for the prevention, control and treatment of communicable diseases”, he risks “a sentence of up to six months in prison or a fine of up to 60 days,” added the head of the CPSP.

The woman was now subject to “a coercive measure of isolation,” said the police official.

Macau does not currently have any active cases of Covid-19.

The last patient diagnosed with the disease, the 46th in the territory since the outbreak began, was registered on June 25 and was discharged on July 17.