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Saudi Arabia announces penalties for those violating coronavirus measures

People who violate measures that aim to stop the spread of the coronavirus could be sent to prison, the Ministry of Interior said Tuesday.

The Saudi Press Agency reported that the royal order was issued out of concern for the health and safety of citizens and residents.

Citizens, private companies or their employees could be fined between SR 1,000 and SR 100,000 and imprisoned for a period of between one month and one year for violating the law.

Fines and prison sentences will also be imposed on anyone who violates quarantine instructions or uses a permit to travel around during a curfew for a purpose that was not intended.

If someone intentionally infects another person, they could be jailed for up to five years and fined up to SR 500,000, the ministry said.

The announcement also said those spreading COVID-19 related rumors or misinformation on social media will be fined between SR 100,000 and SR 1 million and between one and five years in prison.

The ministry said that if any of the crimes were committed by an expatriate, they would be deported and barred from entering the country.