KUWAIT CITY, April 30: Lawyers have stressed the need to toughen penalties for those who violate public sanitation directives, indicating that some developed countries impose heavy fines on those who pollute public places and facilities, while pointing out the need to take urgent action in this regard.
Attorney Mohammad Khreibet said “we are facing exceptional circumstances, so taking all measures to prevent the transmission of coronavirus is required. As long as there are international medical reports constantly confirming the virus can spread in the air or specifically through droplets from the mouth, this is very dangerous.”
Khreibet affirmed that he supports stricter penalties for people who spit on the streets, because they do not adhere to the hygiene law in the first place, and they may transmit the virus to others if they are found to be infected with it. On the other hand, Attorney Mohammad Al-Ansari emphasized the seriousness of the spitting phenomenon. He added spitting is not only bad, it is immoral as well.
“We do not need to toughen penalties only, as we need to apply the existing law and the punishment for this act because it is originally uncivilized,” he argued.
He went to say “toughening penalties requires legislation and a session in the National Assembly. All of this takes days, while we now need speedy enforcement of measures to prevent the spread of infection.”