SEOUL: South Korea, has passed a new law which was aimed at controlling the spread of MERS virus in the country. The law entitles the police to jail the people who does not follow the anti-infection measures of the MERS virus as prescribed by the Government. The latest MERS outbreak in South Korea has already killed 31 people.
According to the new law, which was passed late yesterday by the South Korean parliament, infected people may get fined or even sent to the Prison if they lie about how they came into contace with the disease, to the medical investigators.
False statements by the infected could lead them into the troubles under the new law, with the victim getting imprisoned for two years or fined up to 20 million won($18,000 ). Hence, it has become must for the interviewees to provide honest answers to the medical investigators.
The same punishment of two years imprisonment or $18,000 fine will be levied against the infected if they disobeyed the orders of the officials aimed at controlled the outbreak of the MERS. Infected individual must follow the official orders, such as a ban on the movement of the infected in the public places. The Government has also decided to double the State Heath workers entitled to trace and control the disease.
The strict law comes after the South Korean Government has been heavily criticized for failing to control the out break of the MERS virus, the Times of India reports.
According to the Health Ministry reports, South Korea has diagonesed its first MERS case on May 20th. So far 181 people have been diagonoised with the deadly virus, of which 81 have recovered and 69 are still being treated. The MERS virus has killed 31 people and another 13 are in critical condition.