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64 people in UAE to face legal action for flouting coronavirus guidelines

UAE authorities have warned that those who ignore guidelines or encourage others to do so will face legal action

64 people in UAE to face legal action for flouting coronavirus guidelines

The length of the jail terms and the size of the fines was not disclosed.

The UAE’s Ministry of Interior has referred 64 people to prosecutors for not complying with medical instructions amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

According to WAM, “the violators did not adhere to home quarantine for 14 days as instructed and exposed others to the disease, subsequently causing the spread of Covid-19.”

The story added that “violators of the law are subject to jail terms and fines.”

The length of the jail terms and the size of the fines was not disclosed, but the UAE has aleady outlined the stiff penalties for those expose others to the coronavirus.

Authorities across the UAE have repeatedly warned that those who violate government instructions amid the coronavirus pandemic face possible legal action.

In Dubai, for example, police announced the arrest of a European man for ignoring calls to stay away from beaches and for mocking authorities.

The man, reportedly a personal trainer, is believed to have posted a video on Instagram of himself and a friend on the beach in JBR.

In a separate incident, Dubai Police arrested a woman – a European of Arab origin – for posted a video in which she encouraged local residents to ignore government advice to stay at home to stop the spread of the virus.

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