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Woman jailed in Singapore for lying to Covid contact tracers

Maya Taylor

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A 65 year old Singaporean woman, who tested positive for Covid-19 in February, has been jailed for 5 months after officials discovered she lied about having contact with a male friend. Oh Bee Hiok did not disclose that she’d met up with 72 year old Lim Kiang Hong 5 times in the weeks leading up to her diagnosis. It’s understood she kept the information from contact-tracers as she didn’t want family members to think she was having an affair with Lim. Court documents confirm he subsequently tested positive in March.

“She did not want her family or Lim’s family to find out that they were going out so frequently, as she thought that their family and friends would suspect that they were in a romantic relationship and spread rumours about them being in an extra-marital affair.”

According to a Thai PBS World report, Oh spoke to Lim on the phone after she was admitted to hospital with Covid-19 and asked him to keep quiet about their meetings. However, officials discovered the truth after checking phone call records, CCTV footage, parking records, and credit card transactions.

Oh has pleaded guilty to obstructing contact-tracing efforts, for which the maximum penalty is a fine of SG$10,000 (approximately 227,000 baht), 6 months’ imprisonment, or both. In sentencing her to 5 months in prison, Judge Marvin Bay accused her of being selfish and going against the public interest.

“In this regard, the court must send a clear message that any act of withholding information likely to mislead contact tracers is totally unacceptable.”

Singapore has so far recorded over 58,800 cases of Covid-19, with 29 deaths.

SOURCE: Thai PBS World

 

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    James Pate

    Saturday, January 9, 2021 at 1:17 pm

    Should be easier for the husband to serve her with divorce papers since he’ll know exactly where she is for the next few months.

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    Rasputin

    Saturday, January 9, 2021 at 6:18 pm

    5 months in prison seems a particularly harsh sentence especially considering her age. There are a huge number of of people doing far worse to aid the spread of the virus, who are getting away scot free.

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      john

      Saturday, January 9, 2021 at 10:08 pm

      The fact you even care about it spreading is hilarious, 58k cases and 29 deaths is lower than the effing FLU!

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      James Pate

      Sunday, January 10, 2021 at 7:23 am

      Remember: Singapore still has caning with the rattan and hanging. You really think 5 months is harsh? It’s Singapore. ??

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    indisPC

    Saturday, January 9, 2021 at 11:54 pm

    Grow up, people. Everyone is going to get the virus sooner or later.

    For 12 months straight you’ve been behaving like toddlers. Old people die, that’s life. Nothing will stop it. What we COULD easily do in mean time, however, is improve the life of our struggling youth. However, today’s elderly preferred to be the richest people in the graveyard, and I say send em there. It’s what they wanted.

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      RA

      Sunday, January 10, 2021 at 9:38 am

      “Old people die, that’s life.” As for me, I plan on it being at about 95 with a empty beer can in my hand, a party hat on and a few bar girls lowering me into my grave with a tear in their eyes. NOT in a hospital gown and oxygen tubes in my nose.

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    Ben

    Sunday, January 10, 2021 at 7:40 am

    I guess I have to spoil the anglo right wing party!

    Singapore is an extremely well run and successful city state because they don’t mess around. If you break the law then you’ll do the time. You guys are a bunch of beer guzzling novices that don’t know how to run a successful dog catching operation.

    Making fun of them because they have 58 cases and 29 deaths is the height of stupidity. Ask the UK and USA if it’s the flu. Does the flu fill the hospitals ICUs to 100% capacity. Does the flu kill 4,000 per day in the USA ands 1,000 per day in the UK. With roughly the same population as the UK, Thailand has had 65 deaths to the UK’s 80,000 total deaths to date.

    indisPC – you’re a disgusting person. Guess you have no friends and no one loves you and you’re a miserable person. People like you give Farang’s a bad name.

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      Ada

      Monday, January 11, 2021 at 1:57 am

      According to statistics 99% inflected people are in mild condition and don’t need any drugs.
      They can easily recover on their own.

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