UAE imposes new fines on people who ignore quarantine rules

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The United Arab Emirates imposed several new fines for people who do not abide by quarantine rules, the latest effort in the country to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus.

Anyone who leaves their house for reasons unrelated to work or for necessity will be fined 2,000 AED ($544), according to the Public Prosecution Attorney General.

Al Arabiya English reports that one person was fined for going on walk in compound in The Springs in Dubai before the 8 p.m. weekend curfew.

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A nationwide curfew was imposed from March 26 until March 28, from the hours of 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. each day. While the curfew ends tonight, the Public Prosecution did not announce how long the fines will be enforced.

Dubai police are using radars on highways to detect violators of the three-day nationwide curfew as authorities carried out a sanitation campaign. A driver who has more than three people in one car will be fined 1,000 AED ($272), according to the public prosecution.

Anyone caught not adhering to social distancing practices, and those who do not wear a face mask in closed spaces will be fined 1,000 AED ($272).

The UAE on Friday reported 72 new confirmed cases of coronavirus, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the country to 405.