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Coronavirus: Qatar makes face masks mandatory under threat of $55,000 fine

The decision on Wednesday is effective from Sunday “until further notice”, with penalties of up to three years in jail and fines of up to 200,000 riyals ($55,000), it added.

Qatar, with a population of 2.75 million people, has seen a relatively high number of coronavirus cases, with more than 28,000 people testing positive.

But its death rate remains low, with just 14 fatalities – an outcome experts say is down to a young population and mandatory health checks for its vast foreign workforce.

Bars, restaurants, cinemas and mosques have been shut to contain the spread of the virus.

But construction projects, including World Cup 2022 stadiums, have continued with new rules to encourage social distancing. Source