The Chinese government has issued new regulations to severely punish people who disrupt the epidemic control work. Those who violate the rules will be subject to speedy arrests and sentences, and even the death penalty.
In a joint statement released Saturday, China’s National Health Commission, Supreme Court, Supreme Procuratorate and Ministry of Public Security listed seven types of medical-related crimes.
Approval for arrest, prosecutions and trials will be fast-tracked as the epidemic prevention and control is at a "critical stage."
The statement ends by saying the death penalty will not be ruled out in severe cases.
The seven medical-related crimes affected by these new measures are:
- Beatings, intentional injuries, and intentional killing of medical personnel.
- Illegally restricting medical personnel's personal freedom using violence, threats, or blatantly insulting, intimidating, or slandering medical personnel.
- Tearing protective gears off of and spitting on medical personnel, which may cause medical personnel to be infected with the new coronavirus.
- Refusing to accept checks, quarantine, and treatment measures of medical and health institutions using violence, threats, or other methods, or obstructing medical and health institutions’ lawful disposal of corpses of infectious disease patients according to law.
- Forcibly or intentionally destroying or occupying properties of medical and health institutions, or causing disturbances in the medical and health institutions, illegally placing dead bodies, setting up the mourning hall without permission, causing disorder and disrupting the normal conduct of epidemic prevention and control.
- Illegally carrying guns, ammunition, tightly regulated instruments or explosive, radioactive, poisonous and corrosive materials while entering medical and health institutions.
- Other situations that violate the safety of medical personnel and disrupt medical order.