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People are asked to observe social distancing in the UAE.

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Dh1 M fine, jail for social distancing violators

 

DUBAI – The Dubai Police has urged the public to follow social distancing measures amid the coronavirus outbreak while also confirming that it has arrested a woman who violated the initiative.

The Dubai Police on Tuesday (March 24) did not give details about the suspect’s identity but said she is a European national of Arab origin. Police said the woman was arrested for “posting a video showing her indifference to the #StayHome national campaign and encouraging people to defy authorities’ social distancing instructions”.

The Dubai Police said that legal measures were taken against her and the case has been referred to the public prosecution.

UAE authorities have been taking preventive measures across the country to curb the spread of the new coronavirus or Covid-19, which has infected 50 new people on Tuesday (March 24), bringing the total number of cases in the country to 248.

Dubai Police has repeatedly stressed the importance of residents fully complying with directives issued by authorities to safeguard public health.

Police said that violators will face imprisonment and or a fine ranging from Dh200,000 to Dh1 million.

“The law will strictly deal with anyone risking the security, safety and comfort of members of our society,” the Dubai Police said.

Earlier this week, police in patrol vehicles were also seen reminding the public through loudspeakers to stay home. ICA/Expat Media

 

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#repost @dubaimediaoffice ・・・ شرطة دبي تلقي القبض على شابة أوروبية من أصول عربية بثت مقطع فيديو يظهر عدم اكتراثها بمبادرة #خلك_في_البيت والتعليمات الصحية والأمنية الحالية، وتحولها إلى نيابة مكافحة جرائم تقنية المعلومات بالنيابة العامة الاتحادية. الشرطة تؤكد أهمية الالتزام بالتعليمات حفاظاً على السلامة العامة، وتحذر من مخالفتها. عقوبة الحبس وغرامة لا تقل عن 200 ألف درهم ولا تتجاوز مليون درهم، أو إحدى العقوبتين، لكل من دعا أو حرض بأي طريقة تقنية أو وسيلة معلوماتية لعدم الانقياد إلى القوانين والأنظمة المعمول بها في الدولة. . Dubai Police has arrested a European national of Arab origin for posting a video showing her indifference to the #StayHome national campaign and encouraging people to defy authorities’ social distancing instructions. Legal measures were taken against her. The case has been referred to the Federal Public Prosecution for Information Technology Crimes. Dubai Police stresses the importance of residents fully complying with directives issued by authorities to safeguard public health. Inciting non-compliance with safety measures will lead to imprisonment and/or a fine of between AED200,000 and AED1 million.

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