Concealment of the symptoms of COVID-19 coronavirus will be considered a public safety hazard and may be punishable by prison and even death in China

Deliberate concealment or incorrect reporting of the symptoms of the new coronavirus COVID-19 will be considered a criminal offense, announced on Saturday, February 15, in China. This threatens violators with the death penalty. Hiding travel history will also be considered a crime, the court said.

If, due to the illness of a certain citizen, the virus spreads further and causes other infections, the person may be accused of a threat to public safety. In some cases, this is punishable by a sentence of up to 10 years in prison, life imprisonment, or even death.

Meanwhile, the Chinese National Health Commission has banned people with cough, fever, or other symptoms of the disease from traveling by road, rail, and air.

To combat the epidemic, the Chinese authorities ordered all people who return to Beijing from other cities and regions to remain in quarantine for 14 days. Violators will be punished, official media reported. However, it is not yet known how the authorities will control the implementation of this order. Now many are returning to their jobs after an extended epidemic holiday on the occasion of the Chinese New Year.

In general, the number of confirmed cases of coronavirus in the world now is 66,492. Moreover, according to the Center for System Research and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University in the USA, the number of people cured of this disease is 8399.

COVID-19. The most relevant on February 15

Dead and infected

  • According to the National Health Commission of China, 66,492 confirmed cases of the disease were recorded in the country. Given the new infections and infections in all countries, the number of infected, according to SCMP, is 67,169.
  • According to the WHO, as of February 14, a total of 49 053 people were infected (48 548 of them in mainland China). Outside of China, 505 confirmed cases of infection were recorded.
  • A total of 1527 people died.

The situation in other countries

  • In France, an 80-year-old tourist from China died. He became the first victim of a virus outside of Asia.
  • Five new infections have been reported by Singapore authorities.
  • Seven Russians aboard the Westerdam cruise ship went ashore in Cambodia and are preparing to fly to Russia, the embassy said.
  • The authorities of Wuhan have restricted the movement of people around the city. Now, checkpoints will be installed at the borders of the microdistricts, which can be crossed only if there are good reasons.
  • Egypt became the first African country to detect the virus. The infection was found with a foreigner, where he came from, was not specified.