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Second arrest in Dubai for breaking coronavirus directives

Inciting non-compliance with safety measures carries a jail sentence and a fine of between AED200,000 and AED1 million

Second arrest in Dubai for breaking coronavirus directives

Arrested for posting a video on various social media channels criticising the UAE’s #StayHome campaign and encouraging others to defy strict social distancing instructions. Image: AFP/Getty Images

A second person has been arrested in Dubai for openly flouting measures designed to stop the spread of coronavirus.

Dubai Police confirmed that a European national, of Arab origin, had been arrested for posting a video on various social media channels criticising the UAE’s #StayHome campaign and encouraging others to defy strict social distancing instructions.

The case has been referred to the Federal Public Prosecution for Information Technology Crimes.

A statement said: “Dubai Police stresses the importance of residents fully complying with directives issued by authorities to safeguard public health.”

The UAE government has urged the public to stay at home unless it's absolutely necessary to buy essential supplies, such as food and medicine, or perform essential jobs. They have also called on residents to leave a two-metre space between individuals.

Inciting non-compliance with safety measures carries a jail sentence and a fine of between AED200,000 and AED1 million.

On Sunday, police arrested a European national who posted a video from the beach at Jumeirah Beach Residence (JBR) in Dubai, mocking the precautionary measures issued by health authorities.

There are currently 248 confirmed cases of coronavirus in the UAE.

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