Coronavirus-affected couple sentenced imprisonment, fine

Aizbah KhanWeb Editor

27th Feb, 2020. 05:43 pm
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A Coronavirus-affected Chinese couple sentenced to 6 months in prison and  a fine of $ 7,000 in Singapore for hiding their ailing.

According to a foreign news agency, health officials said that when the Chinese couple were asked about their disease, they lied about it, but investigations are still underway to determine whether anyone else was affected from them or whether the virus is transmitted or not.

The Chinese man and his wife have been sentenced to six months imprisonment and a fine of $ 7,000 after the facts came into light.

Earlier in Russia, a man imitated coronavirus symptoms in a crowded Moscow metro train has been detained by the Russian Police and now facing five years in jail for the stunt.

The man, identified as Karomatullo Dzhaborov, who was a Russian prankster trying to prank passengers through faking collapsed in the metro train in Russian capital in recent weeks.

The video was shared by Karomatullo on February 2 on his social media page called kara.prank on Instagram and YouTube. It has since been removed from both the platforms.

in the video it has seen initially, other passengers rush to help him but as he begins twitching they scramble to escape the carriage.

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The police arrested Karomatullo on the charges of hooliganism, which carries a maximum sentence of five years in a prison in Russia.

After his arrest, the man’s two accomplices were also identified by the authorities and were asked to leave Moscow by Russia’s Interior Ministry.

According to the man’s lawyer Alexei Popov though, Karomatullo apparently pulled off the prank to raise awareness about the disease.

The lawyer said  “this video should not be viewed separately from his other videos. They shot videos in stores asking people if they were aware of the coronavirus. They shot videos in pharmacies which were selling masks at inflated prices. They wanted to draw the attention of the authorities to the problem; there is no evidence of a crime,” he added.

An ongoing outbreak of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus, started in December 2019.

It was first identified in Wuhan, the capital of Hubei, China.

As of 26 February 2020, 81,278 cases have been confirmed, including in all provinces of China and more than forty other countries.

There have been 2,770 deaths attributable to the disease, including 55 outside mainland China, surpassing that of the 2003 SARS outbreak.

However, more than 30,000 people have since recovered.


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