Coronavirus: Qatar starts enforcing mandatory face mask rule

Qatar began enforcing the world’s toughest penalties of up to three years’ imprisonment for failing to wear masks in public, as it battles one of the world’s highest coronavirus infection rates.     

More than 30,000 people have tested positive for COVID-19 in the Gulf country – 1.1 percent of the 2.75 million population – although just 15 people have died.     

Violators of Qatar’s new rules will face up to three years in jail and fines of as much as $55,000.

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