Wuhan man on trial for obstructing MOH contact tracers says it’s ‘highly likely’ he had flu instead of COVID-19

Wuhan man on trial for obstructing MOH contact tracers says it’s ‘highly likely’ he had flu instead of COVID-19

SINGAPORE: A man from Wuhan who is accused of withholding information from COVID-19 contact tracers testified on Thursday (Jul 1) that he was not told he was a “confirmed case” when warded in Singapore last year, saying it was “highly likely” he merely had the regular flu.Hu Jun, 39, is on trial with his wife Shi Sha, 37 in court proceedings that have spanned about one-and-a-half years.

He tested positive for COVID-19 on Jan 31 last year after arriving nine days earlier to spend Chinese New Year with his family and wife, a China national who lives in Singapore. Hu was cross-examined on Thursday by Deputy Public Prosecutor Timotheus Koh, who revealed that Hu has a degree in medicine from a university in China and worked as a police officer for eight years.

Hu, now a financial advisor, is contesting a charge under the Infectious Diseases Act of deliberately withholding information about his whereabouts and activities from contact tracers. He is accused of not telling a health officer that he had travelled to various places while infectious – including hotels, a restaurant and the Chinese embassy.

His wife faces four charges under the Infectious Diseases Act for withholding information, giving false information and failing to respond fully and truthfully to a health officer, and is expected to take the stand later on Thursday.

Source – CNA

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