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Police in western Newfoundland say a woman arrested for refusing to stay at home after she returned from a trip outside the province is expected to make a court appearance today.

The Royal Newfoundland Constabulary says the 53-year-old woman was arrested Tuesday in Corner Brook for violating public health emergency orders aimed at slowing the spread of COVID-19.

READ MORE: Nova Scotia declares state of emergency, announces 7 new cases of COVID-19

Const. James Cadigan says officers responded to complaints alleging the woman was not self-isolating for 14 days, as required under the Public Health Protection and Promotion Act.

Cadigan says officers spoke to the woman and arrested her for failing to comply with the law, which could lead to a fine between $500 and $2,500 and a jail sentence of up to six months.

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1:53Coronavirus outbreak: Nova Scotia declares state of emergency, fines possible for violations

Coronavirus outbreak: Nova Scotia declares state of emergency, fines possible for violations

The police spokesman confirmed a public reporting system introduced on the weekend has received more than 400 complaints from people reporting suspected contraventions of health directives.

READ MORE: Nova Scotia can now conduct 400 COVID-19 tests in one day: Strang

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Cadigan says police have resolved 27 complaints by contacting the person and educating them about the measures,

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