Coronavirus Pandemic

Covid-19: Video showing large crowd in the desert old, say UAE police

Web report/Dubai
Filed on April 16, 2020 | Last updated on April 16, 2020 at 06.30 am
Ras Al Khaimah, police, coronavirus, Covid-19

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Officers are hunting the culprit responsible for uploading the video and warn of stiff penalties of jail and a fine of up to Dh3m if others spread such rumours.

Ras Al Khaimah Police are hunting for someone who uploaded a video on social media showing a large crowd of people in the desert, flouting current social distancing rules implemented to curb the spread of Covid-19.

Police investigations revealed the video was old and therefore fake news.

Ras Al Khaimah Police reiterated calls to the public to refrain from spreading rumours, which can lead to a jail sentence of up to three years and a fine of up to Dh3 million.

Police said the person behind the latest rumour would be tracked down and prosecuted.

They also urged all community members to glean information from official sources, before publishing such videos that hamper the authorities' efforts in curbing the spread of the coronavirus.

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