Covid-19: Macao resident sentenced to probation for violating partial confinement
A man has been sentenced to a five-month prison term, suspended for two years, for violating partial confinement measures, on a day Macau recorded its fourth Covid-19-related death.
Macau closed all non-essential commercial activities, including casinos, on Monday and until July 18, imposing mandatory use of KN95 or “higher standard” masks and prohibiting standing in the street.
The head of the Police Affairs and Public Relations Liaison Division of the Chinese region’s Unitary Police Service said authorities had issued warnings to 588 people by 15:00 local time (08:00 in Lisbon) today for violating pandemic control measures.
Since Monday, security forces have also sent to the prosecutor’s office 19 cases of people suspected of violating the restrictions, Cheong Kin Ian added.
The Base Judicial Court today handed down the first sentence in a summary case to a resident found “without a mask smoking in the street” on Tuesday night, the police leader revealed. In addition to a five-month prison sentence, suspended for five months, the man also has one month to pay a fine of 10,000 patacas (more than 1,230 euros), Cheong Kin Ian said. According to an order by the chief executive, “all persons must remain at home, except for necessary work and purchase of basic goods for daily life or for other urgent reasons.”
Violation of these rules can be punishable by a prison sentence of up to two years or up to 240 days’ fine.
Macau today recorded its fourth Covid-19-related death since the pandemic began more than two years ago, Lei Wai Seng, chief of emergency services at Conde de São Januário Hospital Center, revealed. A 94-year-old woman, who was chronically ill and suffered from heart problems, died around 0:30 local time (5:30 p.m. Tuesday in Lisbon), ten days after being admitted with symptoms, Lei Wai Seng explained.
The four deaths already recorded in Macau were of elderly people suffering from chronic diseases. The city registered 32 new cases of Covid-19 in the last 24 hours, the lowest number since June 22, with 10 infections detected outside areas already placed in isolation. Still, Leong Iek Hou of the New Coronavirus Contingency Coordination Center said residents should “remain very vigilant to reduce the risk of transmission as much as possible.”
On Thursday, a round of mass testing of the population will begin, the ninth round since the start of the current Covid-19 outbreak, which has caused more than 1,600 people to become infected. The population is also required to take daily antigen tests and upload the result to an online platform.
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