A man in Beijing is under criminal investigation after he apparently violated mandatory home isolation and later tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19). On Sunday May 29, officials said the man in his 40s failed to comply with the requirement to self-isolate. The man, surnamed Sun, was asked to stay at home after visiting a mall considered high risk. Not only that, it quarantined thousands of its neighbors as more than 5,000 nearby people were told to stay home to remain in government quarantine.
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Due to an alarming Covid outbreak, the Chinese capital has ordered hundreds of thousands of residents to stay at home over the past five weeks. The decision was made to curb the recent spread of the deadly virus.
Beijing’s public security official, Pan Xuhong, noted, quoted by AFP news agency, “During the period of home isolation, he … went out several times and walked around the neighborhood. “.
Besides Sun, his wife also tested positive. The results prompted authorities to lock 5,000 of their neighbors in their homes. According to reports, 250 have been transferred to a government quarantine center.
The news is frustrating for those who were ordered to self-quarantine as virus restrictions began to ease in Beijing. Authorities reopen parks, museums and cinemas and declare the outbreak under control.
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As quoted by The Guadian, a commentator said: “It’s been two days since there’s been nothing left, what is this man doing? Doesn’t he want to eliminate the epidemic in Beijing? Should he go out and hurt people when the situation is almost stable?”
“The community and the patient each share 50% responsibility because the community did not install a magnetic door alarm…and there was a management responsibility that the community would have to take on,” added another.
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