Criminal Charges Filed Against Woman Who Flew From U.S To China For COVID-19 Test

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Criminal Charges Filed Against Woman Who Flew From U.S To China For COVID-19 Test.

LA Times reports that a woman who traveled from Massachusetts to Los Angeles last week— then to Beijing, where she tested positive for coronavirus — is under investigation on suspicion of disguising her symptoms and placing fellow travelers at risk for infection.

According to Beijing’s disease control center and a representative of Air China, who held a news conference on Monday, the woman took fever-reducing medicine before boarding a plane and lied to flight attendants.

The woman, who was hospitalized and is receiving treatment, is under investigation for the crime of “impeding prevention of infectious diseases.”

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According to Chinese law, she could face up to three years of imprisonment or detention with possible forced labor, or up to seven years of prison if there are “serious consequences.”

As the pandemic is increasing around the world but declining in China, Beijing authorities are tightening controls.

All passengers arriving from abroad in Beijing, including Chinese nationals, are expected to quarantine for 14 days at government centres.

Shanghai and other cities have enacted similar measures for travelers from a growing list of high-risk countries with coronavirus outbreaks, including Iran, Italy, South Korea, France, Spain, Germany, England, Switzerland, Sweden, Belgium, Norway, Holland, Denmark, Austria and the United States.

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In recent days, coronavirus cases in other countries have outnumbered new domestic infections. While Chinese diplomats and propaganda authorities have boasted in recent weeks of China’s victory over the coronavirus and its superiority to other countries’ responses, doctors and scientists warn that a resurgence of cases is possible as people return to work and others fly back home to China from abroad.

“We need to be very alert to imported cases of infection,” said Zhong Nanshan, a Chinese doctor and government advisor, Wednesday at a news conference in Guangzhou.

“We should not just look at their symptoms for this first wave of imported cases from heavily impacted countries; also should check them.”

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Criminal Charges Filed Against Woman Who Flew From U.S To China For COVID-19 Test.

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