[Notice] Jeju province to sue COVID-19 traveler from Ansan

Jeju Special Self-Governing Province will file a civil suit seeking compensation from a traveler from Ansan who continued on their four-day trip to Jeju while suffering from symptoms of COVID-19.

From June 15 to 18, an individual from Ansan on a group tour continued to travel around the island while reportedly masking their symptoms (fatigue, chills) with over-the-counter medication.

It was later determined that 57 people came into contact with the individual and were thus subject to mandatory 14-day self-quarantine. Twenty-one tourist sites were closed while they were being disinfected.

In a statement, a Jeju official said that the province would pursue litigation and “deal sternly” with such cases where an individual travels despite showing clear symptoms of COVID-19 infection.

The financial losses sustained by local businesses, a general sense of worry suffered by local residents, as well as damage to the island’s reputation, are at issue.

This is the second such compensation case launched by Jeju province. In late March, a mother and daughter from the mainland traveled Jeju while masking clear symptoms of COVID-19 infection with medication.

Related: Governor makes direct appeal to mainlanders to ‘actively protect’ Jeju


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