Corona 19 confirmed cases are continuing to leave the quarantine area for reasons such as going to work or taking a walk.

Unauthorized departures one after another during home treatment…

Reason 'different'

According to local governments in Incheon on the 26th, Corona 19 confirmed patients who are being treated at home were caught one after another after leaving their homes without permission.

In the Seo-gu area of ​​Incheon alone, 10 confirmed cases who have left quarantine areas without permission in the past two months have been charged with violating the Act on the Prevention and Management of Infectious Diseases.

It was confirmed that a man in his 60s, who was confirmed by a COVID-19 test on the 16th, went to work in his office in Incheon the next day.

The man explained, "He knew he had to leave the treatment area, but he had urgent business to do so he went to work."

On the 8th, a male confirmed patient in his 50s, who was quarantined at his home in Seo-gu, was arguing with a hospital nurse who provided non-face-to-face treatment over the wire, and then went to the hospital and caused a commotion.

The man was arguing with a nurse who asked to submit documents for drug prescription, and then went to the hospital directly, took off the mask and shouted.

Another man in his 60s, who was classified as an intensive care group after being tested positive for COVID-19, was caught on the 3rd after leaving his home and going out saying “it was frustrating.”

The quarantine authorities contacted the man for non-face-to-face treatment, but after confirming the unauthorized escape, they reported it to the police.

In Gyeyang-gu on the 22nd of last month, a man in his 70s who tested positive for COVID-19 left the quarantine area without permission to go to the hospital to get a prescription.

The self-kit is 'positive'...

Avoiding PCR tests on purpose

Even if the COVID-19 self-test kit is positive, reports are also being received from local governments that there are infected people who are outside activities such as going to work without undergoing a gene amplification (PCR) test or a rapid antigen test (RAT) for professionals.

After the use of the self-isolation application based on the location information system (GPS) was abolished on the 9th of last month, the home treatment managers of each local government mostly rely on reports to detect unauthorized escape cases.

An official from a local government in Incheon said, "There was also a report from an employee that the company CEO told him not to test and take cold medicine even if he has symptoms of Corona 19." I couldn't," he said.

Another local government official said, "In the past, after being confirmed, I was very careful about the infection around me, but these days, the awareness seems to have disappeared." I did.

The confirmed case 'breaks out of quarantine'...

What is the level of punishment?

According to the Act on the Prevention and Management of Infectious Diseases, confirmed cases must be hospitalized or quarantined for 7 days.

If caught violating this rule, he or she is sentenced to imprisonment for not more than one year or a fine of not more than 10 million won.