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32-Year-Old Woman Arrested After She Flouted Home Quarantine To Go Grocery Shopping

She was seen wearing a pink wristband.

Cover image via Berita Harian & Borneo Today

In an incident that happened on Friday, 16 October, a woman wearing a pink wristband was seen grocery shopping in Bandar Labuan area

According to Labuan district police chief Supt Muhamad Farid Ahmad, she was issued the pink tag by the Labuan Health Department, which had ordered her to practice home quarantine for 14 days.

The order stated that she had to home quarantine from 16 October to 29 October.

"The lady was instructed to continue observing home quarantine, beginning yesterday, while waiting for the results of her second swab test. However, the suspect violated the order by visiting the grocery store with her husband, on their way from the hospital," Supt Muhamad said today, 17 October.

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She has since been arrested

The 32-year-old was nabbed at about 2.30pm after the public informed police.

Supt Muhamad said that she is now being investigated under Section 269 of the Penal Code for a negligent act likely to spread infection of disease dangerous to life, and under Section 22(b) of the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases Act 1988 for violating an order issued by authorities.

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The woman could be jailed for more than two years and fined

"Offences under Section 269 of the Penal Code provide for imprisonment of up to six months or a fine, or both, upon conviction," the Labuan district police chief Supt said.

"Offences under Section 22(b) of the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases Act 1988 provide for imprisonment of up to two years, or a fine, or both, upon conviction for first-time offenders."

The term of imprisonment increases up to five years for second-time offenders, whereas repeat offenders can also be fined up to RM200 for each day the offence is committed.

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Last week, a video showing a 30-year-old man wearing the pink wristband at a petrol station in Bukit Tinggi, Klang, went viral:

On Friday, a passenger, who was onboard a Malaysia Airlines flight from Kuala Lumpur to Labuan, tested positive for COVID-19:

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