UAE tells COVID-19 frontliners, patients to report cases or face jail and fines

The new rules also apply to adults who believe they have been in contact with someone infected. (File/AFP)
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Updated 24 March 2020

UAE tells COVID-19 frontliners, patients to report cases or face jail and fines

  • The law also applies to managers who believe staff are infected
  • Violators of the rules face fines and/or jail terms

DUBAI: Medical professionals in the UAE face prosecution if they fail to report cases of COVID-19, state news agency WAM reported on Tuesday.

The order comes after the Ministry of Health and Prevention classified the novel coronavirus as a communicable disease.

The decision to reclassify the disease means that the laws attached will now apply to the coronavirus – including the mandatory reporting of suspected cases.

Doctors, pharmacists and medical workers will face jail and fines of up to $2,722 if they fail to report cases of coronavirus, including suspected cases, and coronavirus-related deaths to the authorities within 24 hours.

The law is also applied to adults who have been in contact with cases, direct managers at work or educational institutions and captains of planes, boats and public transport who fail to report possible and actual cases to the Ministry of Health.

Possible cases and diagnosed individuals who travel around or leave health premises without notifying authorities could also face jail time and a fine between $2,722 and $13,612. The same penalty will be applied to arrivals and residents who fail to report themselves if they suspect that they could have the disease.

Those diagnosed with a communicable disease, including COVID-19, but act purposefully in a way which can transfer the disease could face imprisonment of maximum 5 years and a fine between $13,612 and $27,224.

There are 198 confirmed cases of coronavirus in the country, out of which 41 recovered and 2 died.


UN agency: Iran violating all restrictions of nuclear deal

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UN agency: Iran violating all restrictions of nuclear deal

  • Iran signed the nuclear deal in 2015 with the United States, Germany, France, Britain, China and Russia
  • Known as the JCPOA, it allows Iran only to keep a stockpile of 202.8 kilograms

VIENNA: Iran has continued to increase its stockpiles of enriched uranium and remains in violation of its deal with world powers, the United Nations' atomic watchdog said Friday.
The International Atomic Energy Agency reported the finding in a confidential document distributed to member countries and seen by The Associated Press.
The agency said that as of May 20, Iran’s total stockpile of low-enriched uranium amounted to 1,571.6 kilograms (1.73 tons), up from 1,020.9 kilograms (1.1 tons) on Feb. 19.
Iran signed the nuclear deal in 2015 with the United States, Germany, France, Britain, China and Russia. Known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, or JCPOA, it allows Iran only to keep a stockpile of 202.8 kilograms (447 pounds).
The US pulled out of the deal unilaterally in 2018.
The IAEA reported that Iran has also been continuing to enrich uranium to a purity of 4.5%, higher than the 3.67% allowed under the JCPOA. It is also above the pact's limitations on heavy water.
The nuclear deal promised Iran economic incentives in return for the curbs on its nuclear program. Since President Donald Trump pulled the US out of the deal, Iran has been slowly violating the restrictions.
The ultimate goal of the JCPOA is to prevent Iran from developing a nuclear bomb — something that Tehran says it does not want to do. It has been open about the violations and continues to allow IAEA inspectors access to its facilities to monitor their operations.
It is now in violation of all restrictions outlined by the JCPOA, which Tehran says it hopes will pressure the other nations involved to increase economic incentives to make up for hard-hitting sanctions imposed by Washington after the US withdrawal.
Though Iran has been hard hit by the new coronavirus pandemic, the IAEA said it has maintained its verification and monitoring activities in the country, primarily by chartering aircraft to fly inspectors to and from Iran.
It cited “exceptional cooperation” from authorities in Austria, where it is based, and Iran in facilitating the operation.