Sharjah: Police have arrested a man in Sharjah who used social media to mock the national sterilisation programme that is currently taking place.
According to police, the man specifically mentioned a certain neighbourhood in the emirate of Sharjah, poked fun at the residents of that region, and laughed about the sterilisation drive.
In a statement, Sharjah Police on Monday confirmed that they will not tolerate any kind of behaviour that diminishes or obstructs the preventive measures carried out by authorities, whose sole aim is to protect the health and wellbeing of the public.
The UAE is currently amid a 10-day national sterilisation programme aimed in sanitising all public facilities, streets, public transportation and metro service, as a precautionary measure to contain the spread of coronavirus.
On Sunday, the UAE announced 1 death from COVID-19 and 102 new cases, bringing the total number of diagnosed cases to 570.
“Sharjah Police will take legal action against those who insult or ridicules community members in any way, whether by words or by action,” it said.
The man’s case will be referred to Sharjah Public Prosecution where further legal action is expected to be taken.