Amir amends law on in­fec­tious diseases

Strict penal­ties for vi­o­lat­ing law on in­fec­tious diseases

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THE Amir HH Sheikh Tamim bin Ha­mad al Thani on Thurs­day is­sued Law No 9 of 2020 amend­ing some of the pro­vi­sions of the De­cree Law No 17 of 1990 on the preven­tion of in­fec­tious diseases.

The pro­vi­sions of Ar­ti­cle 4 of De­cree Law No 17 of 1990 will pro­vide for that bur­den of re­port­ing 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 at the workplace, and on the em­ployer, in case of ex­pa­tri­ates, whether the in­fec­tion took place in­side or out­side the state; 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:

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 QR200,000, or by ei­ther of these two penal­ties.

Vi­o­lat­ing the pro­vi­sions of

Ar­ti­cles 15 ( last para­graph), 16 and 17 is pun­ish­able by im­pris­on­ment for a pe­riod not ex­ceed­ing one month and a fine not ex­ceed­ing QR 10,000, or ei­ther of these two penal­ties.

In ad­di­tion, more ar­ti­cles are added to the De­cree Law No 17 of 1990.

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 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 from the next day of its pub­li­ca­tion in the Of­fi­cial Gazette.

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