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DOHA: The Ministry of Interior has intensified its crackdown against people violating Covid-19 precautionary measures and policemen are being deployed in souqs, commercial complexes and other public places to arrest violators, a senior official at the Ministry has said.

Policemen on foot patrol are roaming in crowded places to enforce the laws on wearing masks, social distancing and use of Ehteraz app to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

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The police have also set up checkpoints to ensure adherence to the Covid-19 precautionary measures.

“We are working round the clock and seven days a week to enforce the precautionary measures,” Major Masoud Jamaan Al Qahtani, head of the Precaution Cell, the National Command Centre at the Ministry of Interior, has said.

He said the increased patrols have been necessitated due to an increase in the number of people not wearing masks in public.

This is also the reason why the Ministry has started releasing on a daily basis the number of people who are being referred to the Public Prosecution for not wearing masks and for breaching the limit on the number of passengers allowed in a car.

Only four people are allowed to travel in a car, including the driver, except in the case of families.

Public awareness

These actions are meant to create public awareness and everyone must abide by the rules to prevent spread of Covid-19, Al Qahtani said.

Until today, 1,612 people have been referred to the Public Prosecution for not wearing masks and 98 people for breaching the limit on the number of passengers in a vehicle.

The crackdown is likely to continue in the coming days as the health authorities are trying to prevent a second wave of Covid-19 in the country, as has happened in other parts of the world.