S.Korean accused of lying to coronavirus investigators sentenced to prison
SEOUL, Oct. 8 (Reuters) - A South Korean man accused of lying to authorities about his job and whereabouts during a coronavirus tracing probe has been sentenced to six months in prison, Yonhap news agency reported Thursday.
The litigation is the most prominent to date in the South Korean government's aggressive efforts to prosecute, track down, and quarantine suspected coronavirus cases.
The court in Incheon, west of Seoul, said the 24-year-old man obstructed contact tracing by lying in at least 20 cases and "caused enormous economic and social damage and caused fear among parishioners," Yonhap said.
The man was accused of failing to reveal that he had taught at an Incheon school after testing positive for the coronavirus during a severe outbreak at a number of nightclubs and bars in Seoul in May.
Prosecutors who have requested a two-year prison sentence said infections in at least 80 other people were due to the man.
According to Yonhap, the man apologized in court, saying he failed to realize the grave impact of his actions.
The Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency (KDCA) reported 69 new coronavirus cases at midnight Wednesday, bringing the total number of infections in the country to 24,422 with 427 deaths.
(Reporting by Josh Smith editing by Shri Navaratnam)
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