Police in Dubai have arrested a man for breaching mandatory home quarantine rules and posting a video on social media saying he had gone out to buy coffee despite being infected with coronavirus.
“Not only did he violate home quarantine laws, he also deliberately bragged about his recklessness and published a video on social media platforms. His irresponsible action provoked public opinion as he endangered the lives of others,” Brigadier Jamal Salem al-Jallaf, Director of Criminal Investigation Department (CID) at Dubai Police said in a statement carried by the state’s news agency WAM.
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According to the statement, the man has been fined with $13,500 (50,000 dirhams,) and faces charges as per Article 31 of the UAE’s cyber-crime law, including imprisonment and/or a fine of $55,000 to $ 274,000 (200,000 dirhams and 1,000,000 dirhams).
Brig. al-Jallaf called on all members of the community to comply with the protective measures and guidelines aimed at preventing the spread of COVID-19.
Earlier on Saturday, the UAE recorded 1,007 new coronavirus cases – its highest daily case count to date.
Eighty-eight percent of the coronavirus cases reported in the country in the past two weeks resulted from individuals failing to adhere to social distancing protocols and preventative measures, the UAE Government spokesperson said at the press conference.
In Dubai, businesses have been fined and ordered to close for not enforcing social distancing.
Lauren Holtmeier’s Al Arabiya English contributed to this report.