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Saudi cracks down on Covid-19 curfew breakers with nine arrests in Riyadh

Another man was arrested in Najran for posting a video online claiming shelves in a supermarket in the city were empty

Saudi cracks down on Covid-19 curfew breakers with nine arrests in Riyadh

A spokesperson confirmed that those found guilty can face a punishment of five years in jail and a fine of SR3 million ($800,000).

Saudi Arabia is taking legal action against nine people in Riyadh who were arrested for breaking strict curfew laws aimed at controlling the spread of coronavirus.

According to media spokesperson of Riyadh Police, Lieutenant Colonel Shaker bin Sulaiman Al-Tuwaijri, the nine were caught after posting a video on social media “walking around recklessly” and verbally abusing security authorities.

In a separate incident, Najran Police confirmed that a man had been arrested on Tuesday for posting a video online claiming shelves in a supermarket in the city were empty.

A statement from Najran Police said the shelves were empty as the supermarket is currently under construction as part of expansion plans.

Saudi Arabia, which has reported the highest number of infections in the Gulf, began implementing a nationwide dusk-to-dawn curfew on Monday to limit the spread of the deadly Covid-19 illness.

The Public Prosecution in the kingdom has reiterated warnings against breaking the curfew and posting images and videos on social media.

A spokesperson confirmed that those found guilty can face a punishment of five years in jail and a fine of SR3 million ($800,000).

Saudi Arabia on Tuesday reported its first death from the new coronavirus as the total number of infections spiked to 767.

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