Czech Woman to Face Prison for Ignoring Quarantine

A Czech woman from Nový Jičin could face up to eight years in prison for ignoring the home quarantine prescribed by the local hospital.

In May, the woman was required to self-isolate for two weeks upon being discharged from the city hospital, where a few COVID-19 infections had occurred, Czech Television reported.

During the self-quarantine period, the woman left her home in the Moravian-Silesian Region, took a taxi to a shopping center, and visited a few public places without wearing a face mask.

The Czech woman told police that he felt stifled and stressed due to the enforced isolation.

The Czech government has classified COVID-19 as an infectious disease and, in addition to financial penalties, violators may be subject to criminal prosecution for the crime of spreading an infectious disease pursuant to Sections 152 and 153 of the Criminal Code.

Deliberately spreading the virus may be punishable by imprisonment for a period of up to twelve years, and a fine up to CZK 3 million.

The Czech Republic had 13,238 confirmed cases of coronavirus infection by Tuesday morning, with 64 new infections on Monday. So far 8,373 people have recovered and 353 people have died.



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