A Newfoundland woman was arrested twice within one week for ignoring a mandatory coronavirus self-isolation order.

The 53-year-old was apprehended by police in Corner Brook only one day after being released from custody for violating her initial self-isolation order. 

She is being charged for one count of failing to abide by special public health measures as well as two counts of breaching a release order. 

The woman, who has no fixed address, is not displaying any symptoms of coronavirus. 

According to Royal Newfoundland Constabulary Const. James Cadigan, no other individuals have been arrested in the province for contravening emergency orders. 

Provincial and federal governments have been cracking down on people who are ignoring directions from public health officials. 

Anyone entering Newfoundland and Labrador from outside the province has been ordered to self-isolate for 14 days whether they are displaying coronavirus symptoms or not, as individuals can be unwitting carriers of the virus.

People who violate the order could face hefty fines, criminal charges and even jail time. Those disobeying public health emergency measures can be fined between $500 and $2,500 or be sentenced to a six-month jail term. 

According to government statistics, Newfoundland and Labrador has 67 confirmed cases of COVID-19.

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