Japan considers jail time and fines for refusing hospitalization with COVID-19

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The government is considering making any refusal to hospitalize COVID-19 patients punishable by jail time or a fine.

As part of the revisions to the Prevention of Infectious Diseases Law, a prison term of up to one year or a fine of up to 1 million yen is being considered for refusing hospitalization of infected people. , said a government official.

The official made the remark during a meeting of the government and ruling and opposition camps on Wednesday.

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The government also told the meeting that it was considering a jail term of up to six months or a fine of up to 500,000 yen as a penalty for refusing to cooperate with active epidemiological investigations by public health units. premises to identify the routes of transmission of COVID-19.

Separately, the government is also considering introducing fines of up to 500,000 yen for companies that do not comply with demands for reduced hours, a ruling party official said.

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The government intends to submit a series of revisions to the next Diet session, which begins on Monday.

The main opposition party, the Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan, has called on the government to reconsider the proposed sanctions.

The government should consider reducing fines and jail terms, said Kenta Izumi, CDP politician. “Will the public be convinced of the sanctions the government is trying to introduce?” They should be reconsidered. “

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The Japanese Communist Party’s head of policy, Tomoko Tamura, also criticized the government over the proposed sanctions.

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