Outbreak control rules at customs apply to all nationalities

  • China
  • Wednesday, 25 Mar 2020

BEIJING: People who disturb Chinese inspection and quarantine designed to control the Covid-19 outbreak at customs will be held liable no matter where they are from, the country’s judicial authorities said.

The Supreme People’s Court and the Supreme People’s Procuratorate highlighted the fight against crimes relating to border health and quarantine, noting offences should follow Chinese laws and offenders may face criminal charges.

This is not about nationalities and also applies to stateless people, the national top court and top procuratorate added.

As it is witnessing a rising risk of imported infections of Covid-19, China has been tightening inspection and quarantine measures in international flights and ports in recent weeks.

On March 16, for example, five central authorities issued a guideline warning that travellers who deliberately hide their symptoms or fail to truthfully report their health condition when they come to China could face prison time.

When handling offences among exit and entry, Chinese courts nationwide have also strengthened efforts in hearing civil disputes through online platforms to meet litigants’ demands and protect their safety and health.

From when the epidemic began in January to March 18, courts at each level have filed 2.12 million civil cases, of which 898,000 have been concluded, statistics released by the top court said yesterday.

It also disclosed 10 typical civil cases relating to business resumption, such as those on enterprise shutdowns and delay of financial loans due to the epidemic, to show judicial determination to help companies alleviate disputes during the outbreak. — China Daily/ANN

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