20 March 2020
China Strictly Punishes Border Health and Quarantine Violations
The Supreme People’s Court, the Supreme People’s Procuratorate, the Ministry of Public Security, the Ministry of Justice and the General Administration of Customs jointly issued on 16 March the Opinions on Further Strengthening the Work of Border Health and Quarantine and Lawfully Punishing Violations and Crimes That Impede Border Health and Quarantine, setting guidelines for further strengthening border health and quarantine work and punishing the corresponding crimes and violations in light of the problems and actual needs in the current Covid-19 pandemic prevention and control work.
The Opinions also makes clear that while further strengthening administrative law enforcement on health and quarantine measures, six types of violation behaviours will be sentenced and punished in accordance with Article 332 of the Criminal Law if they cause the spread, or a grave danger of the spread, of plague, cholera, yellow fever, Covid-19 and other quarantinable infectious diseases identified by the State Council. Such violations include the failure to make proper health declaration by persons infected with quarantinable infectious diseases or with suspected infection, as well as concealment of infection by submitting falsified health declaration.