UIJEONGBU, April 7 (Korea Bizwire) — The Gyeonggi Bukbu Provincial Police Agency announced Monday that it had translated the recently amended legislation on epidemic prevention and control into five languages, including English and Chinese, and distributed the content to local foreigners.
Under the new legislation, individuals infected with COVID-19 face up to one year of imprisonment or a maximum of 10 million won (US$8,100) in fines if they refuse to be hospitalized, treated or quarantined.
Previously, the fines remained at less than 3 million won.
This applies to both Korean nationals and foreign residents in the country.
As of April, there were 64,091 foreign residents registered to be living in the Northern Gyeonggi area. This includes 15,669 Chinese, 7,005 Vietnamese, and 4,576 Thai nationals.
The numbers may rise up to 125,000 people if including those staying in the country temporarily for travel or business purposes.
The police distributed translated leaflets to foreign residents through online forums and social networks.
“We will pick the most up-to-date issues that all foreigners must know about and distribute them in forms of infographic content,” said a law enforcement official.
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