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A Briton was jailed for two weeks for secretly quarantining a hotel in Singapore to see his girlfriend.

Nigel Skea, 52, pleaded guilty after being arrested by hotel staff that he had returned from night with Agatha Maghesh Eyamalai, 39, who had booked a hotel room.

Skea left his room three times at the five-star Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Singapore in September to meet his then-girlfriend, who is now his wife.

Eyamalai pleaded guilty to helping her partner and she was detained for a week.

The court heard that Skea, who was not wearing a mask under state rules, had climbed up an emergency exit to enter his girlfriend’s bedroom.

Singapore’s quarantine rules require travelers to stay in a hotel room or at home for 14 days.

Skea arrived from London in September to visit Eyamalai and was ordered to undergo a two-week quarantine at the hotel.

He texted Eyamalai to find out where she was and booked a separate room in the same hotel, 13 floors up.

He then sneaked out of his room and climbed the emergency stairs to the 27th floor, where Eyamalai, who was not in quarantine, opened the emergency exit door for him.

The couple spent the night together, but a security guard surprised them the next morning as they tried to return to their room.

He couldn’t get to his floor using the emergency stairs, so he had to go to the fourth floor where he was discovered.

Defense attorney Dhillon Surinder Singh asked for a fine or a week in prison “for slapping him.”

His lawyer, Surinder Singh Dhillon, said in prayers: “She wants to close this case and he wants to go home as soon as possible.”

The city-state authorities were harsh in violating virus rules and some foreigners’ work permits were revoked.

Others were jailed and fined for violating quarantine rules, while some foreigners had their work passports revoked.

Singapore has been particularly successful in fighting the pandemic thanks to a rigorous lockdown that ended in June.

Regulations still exist to keep the country safe.

The use of a mask is mandatory outdoors, alcohol is prohibited in bars and restaurants after 10:30 pm, and groups of up to eight people can meet.

Entry to the country is also quite limited, as most citizens and permanent residents are allowed.