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S. Korean man sentenced to 6 months in prison for lying during contact tracing Updated: 2020-10-08 17:03:54 KST

A South Korean man accused of lying to authorities about his job and whereabouts during a Covid-19 tracing probe has been sentenced to six months in prison.
The 24-year-old was accused of not disclosing that he taught at a cram school in Incheon after he tested positive for Covid-19 in May.
The court said that the man impeded contact tracing by lying in at least 20 instances and (quote) "inflicted huge economic and social damage and caused fear among community members."
Prosecutors had initially asked for a two-year sentence arguing at least 80 other Covid-19 cases were traced to this man.
This is the most high profile legal case yet in South Korea's aggressive efforts to track, trace, and quarantine suspected Covid cases.
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