His Highness the Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani issued yesterday Law No. 9 of 2020 amending some provisions of Decree Law No. 17 of 1990 on the prevention of infectious diseases.
Under the law, the provisions of Articles 4 of Decree Law No. 17 of 1990 will provide for that the burden of reporting (infectious diseases) stipulated in the previous article falls on every doctor who examines someone who is infected or suspected of having an infectious disease; the infected person and their guardian, the president or representative of the infected person's university, institute or school; infected person's direct manager - if the infection took place or suspected to have taken place during performing duties; and on the employer, in case of expatriates, whether the infection took place inside or outside the country, when any of them knows about it.
The provisions of Article 21 of Decree Law No. 17 of 1990 will provide for that , without prejudice to any more severe punishment stipulated in any other law:- 1. Violating the provisions of Articles (3), (4), (6 bis), (7 / second and third paragraphs), (8), (11), and the procedures and measures taken by the Council of Ministers in accordance with the provisions of Article (10 / last paragraph), is punishable by imprisonment for a period not exceeding three years and a fine not exceeding QR 200,000, or by either of these two penalties.
2. Violating the provisions of Articles (15 / last paragraph), (16) and (17) is punishable by imprisonment for a period not exceeding one month and by a fine not exceeding QR 10,000, or by either of these two penalties.
In addition, more articles are added to Decree Law No. 17 of 1990, including: Article (6-bis) which stipulates that every person who is placed in isolation or quarantine, with the knowledge of the health authorities, according to the provisions of the previous article, must remain in the place of isolation designated by that authority and abide by the procedures for isolation and control.
Article (10/last paragraph), which stipulates that the Council of Ministers, upon the proposal of the minister, and with a view to limiting the spread of the infectious disease, may take appropriate public measures to preserve public health, including imposing restrictions on the freedom of persons to gather, move, reside and pass in certain places or times.
The law is effective starting from the next day of its publication in the official gazette.
Zero tolerance for violators of law: Supreme Committee
The Supreme Committee for Crisis Management has stressed that there will be zero tolerance for violators of the law issued by His Highness the Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani amending some of the provisions of Decree Law No 17 of 1990 on the prevention of infectious diseases.
At a press conference on Thursday, the committee noted that there would be no compromise in applying the law and related procedures to all violators. HE the Spokesperson for the Supreme Committee for Crisis Management, Lolwah bint Rashid bin Mohamed AlKhater thanked the security authorities represented by the Ministry of Interior and Internal Security Forces (Lekhwiya), which have spared no effort in implementing the relevant laws and measures.
She also pointed out that HE the Attorney-General had issued a decision to establish a Health Prosecution specialised in investigating all health-related crimes.