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Hong Kong announces jail time for Chinese travelers who refuse quarantine

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Anyone who breaches the government’s emergency quarantine measures for people who have recently been to the mainland will face six months in prison or a HK$25,000 fine.

The announcement was made by Chief Secretary Matthew Cheung at a media briefing on Friday evening, just hours before the new measure is to come into effect amid the mainland’s deadly coronavirus outbreak.

Security minister John Lee conceded that the number of people coming into Hong Kong surged 30 percent to 145,000 on Thursday, a day after Chief Executive Carrie Lam announced the mandatory quarantines

 

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