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UAE reveals increase in Covid-19 violations

Authorities warn residents and citizens who break strict health guidelines will face fines or jail

UAE reveals increase in Covid-19 violations

Dr. Amna Al Dahhak Al Shamsi, official spokesperson for the UAE Government said that a further patient had died from the virus, with the death toll rising to 310.

UAE authorities have revealed an increase in violations since the end of the National Sterilisation Programme.

At a media briefing on Saturday evening members of the public in the country were warned that a failure to adhere to the strict health and safety measures aimed at curbing the spread of coronavirus would result in a fine or possible prison, as previously outlined.

Salem Al Zaabi, acting head of the Emergency, Crisis and Disaster Prosecution at the Federal Public Prosecution said: "It’s a joint effort that has ensured the completion of the national disinfection programme. We reaffirm the list of offences and fines remain in force. All are to adhere to safety guidelines and those who flout rules will be prosecuted.

"After the end of national disinfection programme, there has been an increase in the number of offences and this will undo all the hard work of previous weeks."

Al Zaabi stressed that face masks must continue to be worn in public, while large gatherings remain banned and social distancing has to be adhered to.

He warned that repeat offenders will pay double the fine and those breaching rules for a third time will pay an additional Dh1,000 fine and face six months in jail.

It comes as 387 new cases were confirmed across the country following 52,527 Covid-19 tests over the last 24 hours, bringing the total number of infections in the UAE to 47,360.

Dr. Amna Al Dahhak Al Shamsi, official spokesperson for the UAE Government said that a further patient had died from the virus, with the death toll rising to 310.

She added that 365 more people had recovered, with total recoveries standing at 35,469, while 11,215 people are currently receiving treatment in hospital.

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