Nearly 5,800 people suspected of killing health workers, selling defective medical equipment and lied about their travel history have been arrested in China for epidemic crimes since January, prosecutors said.
One case involved a shopper who beat another customer to the death who reminded them to wear a mask in a supermarket.
Other cases involved a person who deliberately mowed down medical workers with a car and another was arrested for stabbing a health inspector with a dagger while monitoring temperatures.
Some have also been accused of embezzling money from fundraisers to help coronavirus patients sell broken medical equipment and lie about their travel history or health.
“From January to July 5,797 people were arrested and 6,755 prosecuted,” the Supreme People’s Prosecutor said in a statement on Thursday.
The statement did not state how many people were still in detention or whether some had already been sentenced.
China has largely brought the spread of the novel coronavirus – since its emergence in downtown Wuhan in December 2019 – under control – with strict lockdowns, aggressive contact tracing and close surveillance of neighborhoods.
The country has also provided a number of smartphone apps to track people’s whereabouts and quickly identify possible cases.
Wearing a mask is mandatory in supermarkets, cinemas, or on public transport, and many also wear them outdoors to protect themselves from the virus.
China has not reported any locally transmitted infections in the past few days.
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