2 Chinese Nationals in S’pore Named & Charged for Providing Fake Info to MOH for Contact Tracing

If you’d have realised, authorities all over the world keep the identities of people infected with COVID-19 a secret.

It’s no secret that they kept them a secret because it’s no secret that humans like to secretly judge and blame others for no logical reason.

Over here in Singapore, patients are referred to by their case number: Case 1 is the index patient, Case 2 is the second patient and currently, Case 91 is the latest case.

But now, we know the name of Case 16.

Because the guy doesn’t deserve privacy as he did something so selfish, he could have been BFF with Patient 31 from South Korea: he lied about his movements.

For all you know, he could be responsible for Singapore to go up to DORSCON Orange, which led to me having to watch Crash Landing on You for two days without my usual pack of potato chips.

Damn you, Case 16.

Here’s what happened.

2 Chinese Nationals in S’pore Named & Charged for Providing Fake Info to MOH for Contact Tracing

Case 16 was announced on the last day of January. On the next day, MOH provided more details: according to the information received, he had allegedly had his symptoms on 23 January 2020 and stayed in his home at Nathan Road until 29 January 2020.

As his wife is a Chinese national who lives in Singapore, he most probably lived with his wife during that period.

Well, it turns out that the information is false.

MOH decided to do more investigations of their own (can I, like, marry MOH or what?) and found out that Case 16, whose name is Hu Jun, had lied about his movements between 23 January 2020 to 29 January 2020: those days when he said he had stayed home throughout.

It’s unknown how MOH managed to dig out the truth.

And to make things worse, his wife, Shi Sha, had committed the same offence, too.

After Hu Jun was confirmed to be positive, his wife was immediately quarantined since she’s his close contact. But when she was under quarantine, she, too, provided false information.

It’s unknown what false information she had given.

And MOH isn’t happy.

They said, “In view of the potentially serious repercussions of the false information given by the defendants, and the risk they could have posed to public health, MOH has served Hu and Shi charges.”

They’ll be charged under the Infectious Diseases Act, and if convicted, the couple faces a fine of up to S$10,000 each, up to six months’ jail, or both.

Their case will be heard in court this Friday (28 February 2020).

And MOH has this warning to the public: “MOH views such actions seriously and will not hesitate to take appropriate action against the perpetrators.”

Moral of the story?

Don’t test the system. Didn’t Hu Jun learn that in NS when—oh, wait.

He didn’t serve NS. No wonder lah.