Those who violate South Korea's self-quarantine measures will soon face more severe punishments.
Currently, people breaking quarantine can be fined up to 2,4-hundred U.S. dollars.
But from Sunday,the penalty will be increased to a maximum fine of 8,1-hundred dollars or a prison term of up to one year.
"We will enforce severe punishment for self-quarantine violators, regardless of their nationality. In the case of foreigners, deportation and prohibition of re-entry will be applied quickly. Once again, we are stressing that disobeying self-quarantine threatens the safety of our community."
According to the Central Disaster and Safety Countermeasure Headquarters, the police have received a total of 52 cases of self-quarantine violations as of Wednesday, with six cases so far being passed on to the prosecution.
Local governments are showing no leniency towards those who ignore self-isolation measures.
When an 80-year old Korean woman living on Jeju Island reportedly violated self-quarantine to go to a restaurant with a friend, local authorities immediately took action.
"Given the lady's old age, we fully understand the frustration of self-quarantine. But since there cannot be any exceptions, we've decided to file a criminal charge against her.
With the number of COVID-19 cases on the increase around the world,all entrants to South Korea have been subject to a 14-day quarantine since Wednesday.
Kan Hyeong-woo, Arirang News.