You'll be punished if you don't wear a mask in Kuwait and Qatar

WION Web Team
New Delhi, Delhi, India Published: May 17, 2020, 11.13 PM(IST)

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According to Kuwait's health ministry, a defaulter might face up to three months of imprisonment, whereas, Qatar's state television reported that the punishment could last up to three years of a prison sentence. 

Many countries might impose few penalties to punish people for not wearing facemasks but these Arab nations have taken this punishment to another level. 

Kuwait and Qatar have decided to jail and impose hefty fines on people who forget to wear masks to fight the novel coronavirus. 

According to Kuwait's health ministry, a defaulter might face up to three months of imprisonment, whereas, Qatar's state television reported that the punishment could last up to three years of a prison sentence. 

Not only this, these countries have also decided to impose heavy fines too. In Kuwait, the maximum fine stood at 5,000 dinars ($16,200) and in Qatar, it stood approximately three times the amount that is 200,000 riyals ($55,000).

Six of these gulf states have reported 137,400 cases of coronavirus with 693 casualties. The region initially faced these cases due to people with travel history but the problem began to inculcate as the virus spread was noticed among the low-income migrant workers in cramped quarters.

Out of all cases in the Gulf, Saudi Arabia, with a population of around 30 million people, has the largest count at more than 54,700 cases with 312 deaths. Followed by Qatar, a nation of some 2.8 million, has the second-highest infection count at above 32,600, with 15 deaths.

In terms of death, the UAE recorded the second most deaths with 220. The country recorded over 23,350 cases. 

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