What is the prison sentence for vigilance

The toughest corona penalties in the world

Bangkok. In the middle of the footpath a man kneels and spreads his hands on the pebble-covered floor. Then he does push-ups under the watchful eye of several police officers. He doesn't wear sportswear, the young Indonesian even has his pink motorcycle helmet on his head. His offense: In Corona times, he was on the island of Sulawesi without a mask on his motorcycle and - bad luck for him - had passed a checkpoint of the security forces. The punishment followed immediately. Because in Indonesia humiliating gymnastics exercises are publicly the means of choice in the fight against corona rule breakers.

In the world's largest island nation, other variants of "public shaming" are also used to enforce the corona rules: public singing of the national anthem, for example, the forced participation in funerals of COVID-19 victims (as happened in Tuban on Java) and that Cleaning public spaces in a bright orange vest labeled "Health Protocol Violator".

Anyone who thinks now that push-ups in front of everyone or cleaning columns are a harsh punishment for a missing mask, will be taught otherwise in other countries. In Ghana, West Africa, citizens face between four and ten years in prison or a fine of up to 60,000 cedi (8800 euros) if they are caught without a mouth and nose covering. President Nana Akufo-Addo passed a law to this effect in June. The 150 euro fine that is due in parts of Germany for refusing masks on public transport, on the other hand, seems like a no brainer.

Prison and batons

On the Thai island of Koh Chang, for example, a Swiss man and his native wife were sentenced to two months in prison for eating soup in front of their house in April and forgetting the time. When the police arrived, it was 10:20 p.m. The problem: There was a curfew from 10 p.m. This has now been lifted.

In Malaysia, a restaurant owner even has to be behind bars for five months. The man should have been in self-isolation due to corona symptoms, but still had his restaurant open. "As a result, several villages in the states of Kedah and Perlis had to be put under lockdown," said the angry minister for national security, Ismail Sabri Yaakob. At least 40 cases of infection have been confirmed in connection with the quarantine violation.

There was also jail for a 40-year-old in Singapore, known for its draconian sentences. His offense: The taxi driver wrote in a Facebook group in April that because of the lockdown, shops would close and supermarkets would only open two days a week. Although he deleted the post after 15 minutes, he had caused people to panic buying, a court found. The result: four months in prison for disseminating false information.

In India, on the other hand, the police beat maskless passers-by, street vendors and rickshaw drivers with batons at the beginning of the pandemic. Other rule breakers had to do squats or were frightened by officers with helmets in the form of the corona virus. Tourists had to write 500 times because of a walk: "I did not adhere to the curfew and I am very sorry."

High fines in England and Austria

In Europe, too, calls for tougher measures are becoming louder. For example, the British government recently increased the fines for corona violations: Anyone who repeatedly violates the obligation to wear face covering in shops or other closed rooms must now shell out up to 3200 pounds (around 3500 euros) - twice as much as before. Organizers of illegal parties can even expect fines of up to 11,000 euros.

In Austria there are already up to three years imprisonment for negligent endangerment of people by communicable diseases. There was six months probation and a fine of 800 euros for an infected 49-year-old from Klagenfurt because she left her house. A German living in Tyrol has to pay 10,800 euros because, despite the infection and quarantine, she went shopping and took a taxi. (dpa)