Individuals with COVID-19 must inform health authorities: Public Prosecution

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The UAE's Federal Public Prosecution has reiterated that it is mandatory for individuals infected with COVID-19 to inform the health authorities.

In a statement on its social media platforms, the authority said patients should approach the Ministry of Health and Prevention or other relevant health authorities.

Failure to do so, can lead to imprisonment and/or a fine ranging between AED 10,000 and AED 50,000.

The Public Prosecution's latest reminder is aimed at raising awareness about the rules in order to help curb the spread of the virus.

It quoted Articles 32 and 33 of the Federal Law No. 14 of 2014 concerning the Prevention of Communicable Diseases, which says, "Upon knowing that he/she is infected with one of the diseases mentioned in Table 1 of this law, the infected person and his/her close contacts should go to the ministry or health authorities to receive medical treatment, advice and awareness of the risks of infection and the ways of transmitting the infection. The infected person must also adhere to the preventive measures, implement prescriptions and adhere to instructions given to him/her, to prevent the transmission of infection to others."

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