Under the revised rules, coronavirus patients refusing to be hospitalized would face a fine of up to 1 million yen (over $9,600) or a prison term of up to one year. Those who refuse to cooperate with the health authorities in tracing their contacts to determine the infection route would be penalized as well, facing a fine of 500,000 yen ($4,800) or six months behind bars.

While the proposed measures were largely approved of by the health experts present at the meeting, some expressed doubt over the effectiveness of the penalties in actually fighting the coronavirus, local media reported. Some said it would place more of a strain on healthcare workers rather than help them, as they would have to do the paperwork to determine who should be punished for non-compliance.



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