By Gavin Gibbon
People who knowingly spread the virus face ten years in jail and fine up to AED100,000
UAE residents who know they are suffering from coronavirus but choose to expose others to transmission could be hit with a five-year jail sentence and a fine between AED50,000 and AED100,000, the Ministry of Justice has revealed.
The strict rules have been announced as part of Federal Law No. 14 of 2014 on combating communicable diseases, which now applies to coronavirus.
Currently there are 198 confirmed cases of coronavirus in the country and two reported deaths.
The ministry also revealed that doctors, pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, and medical professionals who fail to inform health authorities within 24 hours that a person was suffering from or died of a communicable disease, will be jailed or fined or no more than AED10,000 or both.
The same applies to any adult who comes into contact with an infected person but fails to inform the Ministry of Health and Prevention. This includes a professional superior or educational supervisor of an individual suspected of carrying a communicable disease. Similarly, a captain of a ship or airplane or a driver of a public transport vehicle would be held accountable for transporting infected individuals.
Furthermore, anyone who knows or suspects they are infected and doesn’t inform health authorities while visiting anywhere other than a medical facility, is liable to be hit with a imprisonment and a fine of no less than AED10,000 and no more than AED50,000.
Equally for individuals who fail to show up for tests and treatment despite knowing that they are infected or suspect the possibility of an infection. Also to those who refuse to adhere to the preventive measures advised or prescriptions and instructions given to them.
In the case of repeated offences, individuals will be jailed for a period twice that of the five years stipulated by law.