Russian health official sues woman who fled coronavirus quarantine

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13 February 2020

The chief sanitary physician in the Russian city of St. Petersburg has filed a lawsuit against a woman who escaped from the Botkin Hospital for Infectious Diseases where she was undergoing coronavirus quarantine, the united press service of the city’s courts said in a statement on Thursday, APA reports citing TASS.

According to the statement, the lawsuit has been filed with the Kuibyshevsky District Court.

Alla Ilyina, who had returned from China in early February, left the hospital without permission, short-circuiting the electric lock on the door to her ward.

According to the Russian consumer watchdog and St. Petersburg’s health authorities, the patient committed an administrative offense by breaking quarantine regulations and potentially exposing other people to the virus.

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