Saudi Arabia: SR500,000 fine, 5 year jail for deliberate COVID-19 transmission

Cairo: Saudi authorities have said that deliberate transmission of COVID-19 is a “crime” that is punishable by jailing and hefty fines as the country is seeking to stem the spread of the virus.

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Saudi public prosecution has warned that violators face up to five years in prison and a maximum fine of SR500,000. Repeat offenders face double penalties.

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Convicted expatriates will be deported from the kingdom and denied re-entry forever, the prosecution said.

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“Deliberate transmission of the coronavirus contagion is considered a crime,” it added in a statement.

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Mass vaccinations

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Saudi Arabia initiated mass vaccinations against COVID-10 on December 17. Authorities have offered the vaccination to citizens and foreign residents for free.

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Nearly 8 million doses have since been administered at 587 vaccination centres operating across the kingdom, according to the latest estimates.

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Health authorities in the kingdom so far have confirmed a total of 410,191 coronavirus cases and 6,878 related deaths.

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