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Warning against Social media misuse: Fine of up to Rs 2 crore for sharing false information about Kovid

Riyadh Saudi Arabia, First Published Jan 21, 2022, 11:52 PM IST

Riyadh: The Saudi Ministry of Interior (Saudi Arabia) has said it will take “severe punishment” for sharing false news about covid on social media. A fine of Rs 20 lakh to Rs 2 crore will be levied for spreading rumors and false information in a manner that frightens the people. Or imprisonment for one to five years. Depending on the nature of the offense, financial fines and imprisonment may be combined. The ministry said the fine would be doubled if the offense was repeated.

In Saudi Arabia, the incidence of cases was higher than that of new patients
Riyadh: Covid recoveries have outpaced the number of newly reported Kovid cases, bringing relief to Saudi Arabia. There was a huge decrease in the number of new patients. Kovid confirmed 4,884 cases in the last 24 hours, while 6,090 recovered during this time. The Ministry of Health said two of those being treated had died of covid death.

The total number of Kovid cases reported so far is 6,43,211 and the number of cases is 5,90,140. The total death toll was 8,916. Of the 44,155 patients being treated, 591 were in critical condition. They are in the intensive care unit of various hospitals across the country. The condition of the rest is satisfactory. The country’s covid liberation rate was 91.8 percent and the death rate was 1.4 percent.

2,04,057 PCR tests were performed in 24 hours. Riyadh – 1,327, Jeddah – 491, Mecca – 304, Dammam – 159, Madinah – 147, Jizan – 115 and Hufuf – 95 were the latest cases to be reported in different parts of the country. The country has so far vaccinated 54,841,337 doses of the vaccine. Of these, 25,312,053 were the first dose, 23,533,435 were the second dose and 5,995,849 were the booster dose.

Last Updated Jan 21, 2022, 11:51 PM IST

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