Saudi Arabia: 10 COVID-19 patients arrested for flouting quarantine rules

Cairo: Saudi police have arrested 10 persons infected with COVID-19 for violating the isolation rules, a security official said, as the kingdom has stepped up efforts to curb the spread of the disease.

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The 10 were arrested in the governorates of Jeddah and Al Taif for infringing quarantine instructions after they had tested positive for coronavirus, a spokesman for police in the Mecca region added.

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“Their behaviour is considered a violation of the precautionary and preventive measures taken to confront the COVID-19 pandemic. Disciplinary procedures have been taken against them and they have been referred to public prosecution,” he said.

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Double punishment

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According to Saudi law, violations of quarantine rules are punishable by a maximum fine of SR200,000 or jailing of up to two years or both penalties. Repeat offenders face double punishment.

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Saudi Arabia so far has confirmed a tally of 409,093 coronavirus cases and 6,869 related fatalities.

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