Israelis who violate coronavirus quarantine could face prison

Israelis who violate coronavirus quarantine could face prison

Israelis who violate a mandatory 14-day home quarantine amid concerns they may be infected with the coronavirus face a sentence of up to seven years behind bars, according to a report, New York Post reports.

Travelers returning to the Jewish state from China, Hong Kong, Macau, Singapore and Thailand are required to self-quarantine, the Times of Israel reported.

Those who knowingly violate the measure could be hit with a seven years in prison, while those who do so out of negligence could be locked up for three years, according to the Health Ministry.

“The Health Ministry sees members of the public that have been requested to isolate themselves as full partners in preventing the spread of the disease in Israel,” the ministry said in a statement.

“We’re sure they will show responsibility toward their family members, friends, and toward sick and frail people in society, and reduce the risk of infections,” it added.

People were urged to report violators on a website dedicated to the deadly virus.

The country announced earlier this week that it was refusing entry to all foreigners who had traveled to Thailand, Singapore, Hong Kong and Macau during the past two weeks.

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