COVID-19: Singapore woman jailed for hiding meetings with male friend

A woman in Singapore was sentenced to five months in prison after concealing meetings with a male friend from coronavirus contact tracing.

Oh Bee Hiok, 65, was worried people would think she was having an affair if she disclosed the meet-ups. Using parking records, credit card bills, call records and CCTV, authorities were able to discover the meetings between the pair. Singapore uses strict measures to try to keep infections in check. It has recorded 29 deaths and comparatively few cases.

Mrs. Oh met up with 72-year-old Lim Kiang Hong five times before she tested positive for Covid-19 in February. The pair would meet when Mrs. Oh’s husband was out playing badminton, a prosecutor in the case said.

When she was admitted to hospital, Mrs. Oh spoke to her friend on the phone and asked him to keep their outings secret. Mr. Lim then tested positive for coronavirus in March.

A lawyer for Mrs. Oh said that she had not infected her friend with the virus.


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