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Sep 2, 2021

Circulating Fake News? You May be Fined up to $3,000

In news from this week’s Cabinet meeting, the Minister of Health reported that sixteen percent of the population has now been fully vaccinated. Ten thousand young people aged twelve to seventeen got their vaccination over the last two weeks. Although the borders are still closed, Cabinet directed that anyone who crosses over for approved purposes must be tested for COVID-19 at those points of entry. To combat the circulation of false information during the pandemic, a bill will be introduced in the National Assembly on Friday to increase the penalty for spreading or publishing false news. That will result in an increase from the current fine of three hundred dollars or six months in jail to three thousand dollars or six months imprisonment. Cabinet also approved an extension of the Kolbe Foundation’s Management contract for the Hattieville Prison.

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