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Wilful non-reporting of persons with infectious disease now a punishable offence in Qatar
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Wilful non-reporting of persons with infectious disease now a punishable offence in Qatar

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Doha
The Amir HH Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al Thani on Thursday issued a law amending the text of a 1990 decree, making wilful non-reporting of a person with infectious disease a punishable offence.
The offence now carries a minimum jail term of three years or a fine of QR200,000, or both.
The Law No. 9 of 2020 issued by HH the Amir amends the Articles 4 and 21 of Decree Law No. 17 of 1990 (on prevention of infectious diseases).
"The duty of reporting stipulated in the previous article falls on every doctor who examined the infected or suspected of having a contagious disease, on the infected person, on the head of his family or whomever is sheltering him, on the president of the university, institute or school or his representative, and on the direct supervisor at work if the infection  occurs or is suspected to have occurred while it was being performed, and whoever recruited an expatriate, whether he was infected or suspected of being infected inside the country or abroad, whenever one of them knew about this."
The law also amends Article 6 (bis) of the same degree to make the completion of a medically-prescribed quarantine period a legal requirement.
"Anyone who has been isolated or subjected to health control with the knowledge of the competent health authority, in accordance with the provisions of the previous article, must remain in the place of isolation determined by that authority and abide by the procedures for isolation and control established."
The amended decree says whoever violates the provisions of Articles (3), (4), (6 bis), (7/paragraphs two and three), shall be punished with imprisonment for a period not exceeding three years and a fine not exceeding QR200,000, or one of these two penalties.
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