SEOUL, Jan. 24 (Yonhap) — The government has deported a Chinese national who was arrested after escaping and failing to comply with mandatory quarantine, after he tested positive for the coronavirus upon arrival in South Korea earlier this month, officials said Tuesday.
The 41-year-old was deported on January 13, eight days after he was arrested for refusing to quarantine and fleeing after he tested positive for the virus after arriving at Incheon International Airport on January 3.
“He was referred to the prosecution after the police interrogated him on charges of violating the Communicable Diseases Control and Prevention Act, but it takes more than a month before the trial,” said an official at the Central Disaster Management Headquarters.
“We had to release him, because the case does not constitute a reason for official arrest, and the Immigration Department took the measure of forcible deportation, which it can take on its own without a judicial trial,” the official said.-
The official said the fine may be imposed after the prosecution refers the case to court. Violators of the Communicable Disease Control and Prevention Act can be punished with up to one year in prison or a fine of 10 million won (US$8,121).--
The Chinese man was reportedly denied entry to South Korea for a year.