Chinese Couple Convicted in Singapore for COVID-19 Contact Tracing Offenses

A Singaporean court convicted a couple from China on Tuesday for COVID-19 contact tracing offenses.

Singaporean District Judge Ng Peng Hong ruled that Wuhan resident Hu Jun and wife Shi Sha, were found guilty of four charges under the Infectious Diseases Act. 

The Chinese couple was charged with deliberately withholding information from contact tracers, while Shi Sha was additionally charged with giving false information and failing to respond fully and truthfully to a health officer.

In an earlier statement, the Ministry of Health (MOH) said Hu arrived in Singapore on January 22, 2020, and was confirmed infected with the virus nine days later. 

Hu was discharged from the hospital on February 19 after recovering.

MOH issued a quarantine order to Shi on February 1 after being identified as a close contact of Hu.

During the trial in 2020, testimonies from witnesses and records from the Land Transport Authority proved that the couple violated quarantine protocols by going to several locations during the quarantine period and deliberately giving false information to officials.  

In July, Shi told the court she had difficulty communicating with the contact tracer and that their conversation in Mandarin was like “a chicken talking to a duck“.

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