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COVID-19: SPREAD FAKE NEWS, PAY $5,500 FINE – UAE

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) will fine people up to 20,000 dirhams ($5,500) if they share medical information about the coronavirus that contradicts official statements.

According to Aljazeera News, UAE government which issued the decision, made the health ministry and other state health institutions responsible for distributing “true” health information and guidelines to the nation.

“It is forbidden for any individual to publish, re-publish or circulate medical information or guidance which is false, misleading or which hasn’t been announced officially … using print, audiovisual or social media, or online websites or any other way of publication or circulation,” state-run news agency WAM reported on Saturday, citing the government directive.

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