KUALA LUMPUR: A Malaysian court jailed an Indian for five months on Thursday for violating a home quarantine order, leading to dozens of new coronavirus infections, the state-run Bernama news agency reported.
The 57-year-old, who resides in Malaysia and owns a restaurant in the northern state of Kedah, pleaded guilty to four counts of violating a 14-day home quarantine order upon his return from India in July.
He was also fined RM12,000 (US $ 2,864) by the Alor Setar Magistrates Court, which held a special hearing at a Kedah hospital where the defendant was receiving treatment, Bernama reported.
Authorities had previously said that 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 members of the man’s family, restaurant workers and customers, were found to be infected.
Since then, a total of 45 cases linked to the group have been reported in at least three states in Malaysia.
Malaysia has gradually lifted strict lockdown measures since May after successfully containing the spread of the pandemic, but warned that the restrictions may be re-imposed after more than a dozen new groups emerged in recent weeks.
The Southeast Asian country has reported 9,129 infections, including 125 deaths.
Authorities reintroduced a requirement last month for people entering the country to undergo mandatory two-week quarantine in hotels and government isolation centers, after hundreds of incoming travelers were found violating self-isolation orders. in their homes.