The update to China’s criminal code was revealed by Beijing as the number of cases of infection with the new Covid-19 strain of coronavirus reached 78,000 in China.
The update includes stricter penalties – up to the death penalty in severe cases – and covers 21 coronavirus-related crimes. “We also must resolutely crack down on the production and sale of counterfeit drugs, medical apparatus and sanitary materials,” commented the President of China. There have already been reports of fake face masks being sold to members of the public, although the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) do not actually recommend their use for the general public.
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