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MOPH calls on public to follow COVID-19 precautions as violations continue in large numbers

  • Apr 12, 2021
  • Author: QT-Online
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Qatar's Ministry of Public Health has appealed to the public to follow COVID-19 precautions even as hundreds continue to get caught for breaking such measures in Qatar.
The Ministry of Interior on Monday said it referred to Public Prosecution 369 people for violations of various COVID-19 safety norms. 
While 216 people were booked for not wearing masks, 13 faced action for breaking a rule that bans more than four people, including the driver, from travelling together in a car, unless the occupants are of a family.
The Ministry also referred 138 persons for not maintaining safe physical distancing and two for not installing the Ehteraz application.  
"We’re working 24/7 to fight COVID-19. Please help us by following the precautionary measures," urged a poster held by a senior health official. The photo was posted by MOPH on its official Twitter handle. This is the second time the ministry has resorted to using words and imagery through social media platforms to drive home the importance public adherence to COVID-19 precautions. Its #StayHome campaign used a series of photographs of medical practitioners and frontliners holding posters with exhortations towards the general public to stay at home. 
The police in Qatar have been busy since they stepped up their crackdown on people ignoring the country's safeguards to prevent the spread of coronavirus.
Over past few months, the police referred to the Public Prosecution thousands of people who didn't wear masks in public.
As per a Cabinet decision, drawn from the Law No. 17 of 1990 regarding infectious diseases and preventive measures, people who do not wear masks outside their homes may face penalties of up to three years in prison and/or QR200,000 fine.