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May 09, 2020



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We are obviously confronting a very dubious situation such as lockdowns, shut down of many businesses, travel restrictions, social distancing, no-human contact have immediately become worlds reaction towards the pandemic. The government of each country to prevent further spread of the virus issues these foregoing rules, however, certain countries have issued criminal penalties on those who violates the government rules of social distancing or lockdown to ensure health and safety in the country. Wherein, UAE is one of those countries to implement criminal penalties on those who either violate the guidelines of lockdown or tries to spread coronavirus.

The government of UAE has recently confirmed that anyone purposely spreading coronavirus or neglecting to report a suspected or positive Covid-19 case will confront robust fines and prison, the specialists have cautioned as they step up measures to contain the pandemic. In these lines, anyone who deliberately spread coronavirus on other residents will face imprisonment for a maximum period of 5 (five) years and an a fine of maximum AED 100,000 (UAE Dirhams one hundred thousand), whereas, anyone who fails to report a positive corona virus case will face an imprisonment for a maximum period of three (3) years and a fine of maximum AED 10,000 (UAE Dirhams ten thousand). The government states that the residents of the country have to strictly follow the rules issued in safety of country and shall take all measures to prevent the spread of the virus.

Federal Law number 14 of the year 2014 regarding Communicable diseases regulates the guidelines implemented for precautionary measures in the wake of coronavirus. Article 34 of the law denies the individuals who have a transferable sickness from completing any purposeful conduct those outcomes in spreading the disease. As per Articles 32 and 33 of the foregoing law, occupants who discover they have come down with an irresistible infection from among various infections recorded in a table as a major aspect of the law and furthermore the individuals with whom they had collaborated, are obliged by law to inform the relevant authorities about any specific infection.

This is to look for treatment, which is given to all who are not secured by medical coverage, and starting there on, they should follow measures, and guidelines given by the authority. Violators of Articles 31, 32, and 33, can look as long as three years in prison and a fine for a maximum amount of AED 50,000 (UAE Dirhams fifty thousand).

The government has further imposed penalties for those who leave their dwellings without proper permission and for unnecessary things, which can lead to a maximum of AED 5,000 for one time. Importantly, severe penalty will be imposed on those who will break quarantine and will try to infect the public at large when tested positive of the corona virus disease.

Individuals should be morally capable and follow methods declared by the specialists, stay away from rumors, report dubious cases, look for clinical assistance and keep away from contact with others in the event that they are themselves tainted so as to maintain a strategic distance from lawful responsibility.

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