64 COVID-19 patients held in Saudi Arabia for flouting isolation rules

Abu Dhabi: Saudi police have arrested 64 COVID-19 patients in Jazan, southwest corner of Saudi Arabia near the border with Yemen, for violating isolation rules, security officials said, amid stepped-up efforts in the kingdom to contain the spread of the highly contagious disease.

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They were remanded in custody, pending moving to the Public Prosecution for further interrogation and trial, police said.

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According to Saudi law, violations of quarantine rules are punishable by a maximum fine of 200,000 riyals or jail of up to two years or both. Repeat offenders face double punishment.

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If the violator is non-Saudi, he/she is punished by deportation from the kingdom and barred from re-entry after serving the jail term.

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