How COVID-19 lockdown violators are punished in different countries?
Nigerian security forces killed 18 people for violating coronavirus quarantine rules. The news shocked the whole world this morning, April 29. In addition, Kenya’s police shot dead a 13-year-old boy for violating curfew imposed due to the coronavirus. A 63-year old man was killed in Philippines for refusing to follow restrictions to curb coronavirus. The President of the Philippines, Rodrigo Duterte, ordered police and military officials in the country to shoot those who break self-isolation rules during the country’s coronavirus quarantine. In India, police officers beat coronavirus curfew violators with sticks.
Fortunately, the majority of the countries avoid the drastic measures of punishing the COVID-19 lockdown violators. In most of the cases, the coronavirus quarantine lawbreakers either face an administrative arrest or a community service, or fine. The amount of the penalty is different in every country.
Thus, if violators in France will have to pay a fine of nearly 1,500 euro, people in Russia will pay a fine three times cheaper – 500 euro. In Kazakhstan, quarantine violators will face a fine of 10 monthly calculation indexes (MCI), equivalent to 27,780 Tenge, or 60 euro.
However, the biggest fines are in the United States. The U.S. citizen, who violated the coronavirus lockdown restrictions, can face a fine of up to US$100,000.
Meanwhile, despite the high coronavirus death rate, Sweden hasn’t imposed a nationwide lockdown yet. Though there were a number of slight restrictions introduced in the country in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19, mostly people in Sweden continue their ordinary lifestyle. Sweden has chosen a different strategy in the fight against the novel coronavirus – the country intends to achieve the herd immunity to COVID-19. However, the data shows that such risky strategy seems to fail. Sweden reported a total of more than 18,000 coronavirus cases. Finland, Denmark, Iceland and Norway adhere to the same strategy. People in these countries are allowed walking on the streets, as well as visiting square parks. President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko also says that there is no need for the strict lockdown measures.
According to the data from Johns Hopkins University, reported cases of COVID-19 infection worldwide stand at more than 3.1 million. The U.S. remains the hardest-hit country in the pandemic. The COVID-19 infected more than 1 million people and killed at least 56,000 patients. Spain is the second country after the U.S. with the highest number of coronavirus cases. The country reported a total of 232,000 COVID-19 cases. Italy is the third worst-hit country in terms of coronavirus cases. The country recorded a total of 201,505 of COVID-19 cases.