Patient faces criminal charge of endangering public safety

Source: Xinhua| 2020-02-06 19:29:45|Editor: huaxia

NANNING, Feb. 6 (Xinhua) -- A man confirmed with the novel coronavirus infection has been put under police investigation for endangering public safety in south China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region.

The man, 47 and identified by surname as Song, is a native of Inner Mongolia in north China. He sought treatment for sore throat and fever in a local hospital in the city of Fangchenggang between Jan. 27-31. He was eventually isolated in hospital for treatment on Jan. 31 and diagnosed with the virus on Feb. 2, said a source of the local police.

Song allegedly intended to hold back his prior contact with a confirmed case of the virus and refused to cooperate with doctors while seeking medical treatment, disobeyed preventive measures as required by health and quarantine authorities by visiting public places and attending other activities many times, which led to the spread of the infectious pathogen to unspecific groups of people, according to the source.

Hundreds of the man's close contacts have been isolated for medical observation.