Chinese woman receives one-year suspended sentence after flying from US with Covid symptoms
From CNN's Beijing bureau
A Chinese woman received a one-year suspended sentence for flying from the US to China in March last year while showing Covid-19 symptoms.
The woman, identified as Li Jie in court documents, is a resident of Massachusetts, and her family had been living and working in the US, according to Beijing's Shunyi District court. In early March 2020, the woman showed signs of fever, fatigue, and other Covid-19 symptoms and got tested for the virus on March 11.
Before the test result came out, the woman returned to China from Boston with her family.
"In order to board the plane, Li Jie took febrifuge to lower her body temperature before boarding, and passed the body temperature checks," the district court verdict said. "After boarding, when the flight required passengers to declare fever and other uncomfortable symptoms, Li Jie did not declare and did not truthfully answer the crew's inquiries about physical condition, contact history, and accompanying personnel."
Before the plane landed, the woman admitted her real condition to the flight crew.
She and her family landed in Beijing on March 13 and she was immediately sent to the hospital for treatment, where she was diagnosed with Covid-19. She and 63 of her close contacts were quarantined, the court added.
Beijing police later launched a criminal investigation and Shunyi District Court ordered a one-year suspended sentence Tuesday for "the crime of obstructing the prevention and control of infectious diseases."