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Thousands arrested for virus-related crimes in China



CHINESE government says, nearly 5,800 people suspected of killing health workers, selling defective medical equipment and lying about their travel history have been arrested in China for epidemic-related crimes since January this year.

  This was made known by the state Supreme People’s Procuratorate in a statement yesterday, while reacting to a case involving a shopper who beat another customer to death for not wearing a mask in a supermarket.

  According to the Chinese authority, “from January to July, 5,797 people were arrested and 6,755 were prosecuted.”

  Other cases included a person who deliberately mowed down medical workers with a car, and another who was arrested for stabbing a health inspector with a dagger when monitoring temperatures.

  Some have also been accused of embezzling money collected from fundraisers to help coronavirus patients, selling defective medical equipment and lying about their travel history or health condition.

  The statement did not specify how many people were still in detention or whether some had already been sentenced.

  China is reported to have largely brought the spread of the novel coronavirus under control since it first emerged in the central city of Wuhan in December 2019, with strict lockdowns, aggressive contact tracing and close monitoring of neighbourhoods.

  Sources say, the country has also deployed a range of smartphone apps to track the whereabouts of people to quickly identify possible cases.

  Wearing a mask is mandatory in supermarkets, cinemas or on public transport, and many choose to wear one while outdoors as well, as a safeguard against the virus.

  China has not reported any locally transmitted infections in recent days.

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