Saudi to fine people up to $133,000 for hiding health details on entry
DUBAI: Saudi Arabia said on Monday it will impose a fine of up to $133,000 on people who do not disclose their health-related information and travel details at entry points, as the Gulf state works to prevent the spread of coronavirus.
The kingdom on Sunday imposed a temporary lockdown on its eastern oil-producing province of Qatif, where the majority of the 15 individuals diagnosed with the disease reside.
Some have failed to disclose travelling to Iran to the authorities upon returning to Saudi Arabia via other Gulf Arab states.
Saudi Arabia suspended travel with nine countries including neighbouring Arab states on Monday and said legal action would be taken against any citizen travelling to Iran, which reported 237 deaths from the virus on Monday.
A fine of up to $133,000 will be imposed on people who do not comply, it said, adding that transport professionals will be held responsible for any fallout from their violations.
Authorities in Saudi Arabia on Monday also asked imams to deliver Friday prayer sermons in less than 15 minutes. - Reuters