Malaysian court jails Indian restaurateur for violating home quarantine

by Muizat Hameed

A Malaysian court has sentenced an Indian man to 5-month jail for violating a home quarantine order which lead to dozens of new coronavirus infections.

The 57-year-old resident of Malaysia, who owns a restaurant in the northern state of Kedah, pleaded guilty to four charges of violating a mandated 14-day home quarantine order upon his return from India in July.

The court on Wednesday August 12, 2020, also fined him 12,000 ringgit ($2,864).

Malaysian authorities said, “The man, who initially tested negative for the coronavirus, had left his home during the quarantine period to visit his restaurant.

“After a second test came back positive, dozens of people, including the man’s family members, restaurant workers and customers, were found to have been infected.”

Not less than 45 cases were linked to the cluster in at least three Malaysian states.

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