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Police ramp up street patrols against gatherings that risk public health


The law enforcement agencies in Qatar have stepped up street patrols to prevent breaches of the ban on gatherings that risk public health amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Qatar recently banned all forms of public gatherings as part of measures to contain the spread of the virus. 


Assembling in public places, attending events such as weddings and majlis meetings, and participating in group prayers, even on courtyards of mosques, inside buildings or rooftops, now carry three-year jail term and QR200,000 fine.


In a related development, Qatar recently began using speakers attached to drones to urge the public to stay home or exercise social distancing to contain the spread of the virus.

The messages are being announced in several languages including English, Urdu, Hindi, Nepalese, Malayalam, Tamil and Sinhalese.


Qatar's Ministry of Interior has also started using robots fitted with as many as eight cameras to monitor streets and public places. Known as "Al-Asas", the robots will monitor public places across the country and help reduce person-to-person encounters between police personnel and violators.


Source: Qatar Tribune

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