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The man was infected with COVID-19 as he flew to Belgium despite local rules dictating that all travellers must have a negative PCR or rapid antigen test result before flying to the country.
Eleven further defendants received a six-month prison sentence and a fine of 1,600 Euro each for forgery of documents, or in the case of defendants who presented a faked digital certificate, forgery of computer science, reported Belgium news site Aviation24.
Border guards at Brussels Airport have caught 820 using forged test certificates in the last few months and the vast majority accept an immediate 750€ fine to escape further prosecution. Around 20 per cent of those who are caught, however, contest the fine and are sent to court.
Prosecutors are pursuing cases against 160 people and a criminal court dealt with the first group from that backlog on Wednesday.
Most of the defendants didn’t show up at court but one woman pleaded her innocence and was handed down a six month suspended sentence and an 800€ fine.
Three other defendants were ordered to complete 60 hours of community service each. In its ruling, the court concluded that there are "few such textbooks of uninhibited selfish behaviour."
Those who were found guilty on Wednesday had "deliberately endangered society by placing their own freedom to travel above the public interest," Aviation24 reported.
More than 8.53 million people have been reported infected by the novel coronavirus globally and 453,834 have died, a Reuters tally showed as of 1326 GMT on Friday.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson says Christmas gatherings can’t go ahead and non-essential shops must close in London and much of southern England as he imposed a new, higher level of coronavirus restrictions to curb sharply spreading infections.
Pfizer Chairman and CEO Albert Bourla called the development "a great day for science and humanity." Health experts said Pfizer's results show vaccines can halt pandemic.
Monkeypox is a viral zoonotic disease that occurs primarily in tropical rainforest areas of Central and West Africa and is occasionally exported to other regions.
The authorities said on Twitter, “The Riyadh Police were able to identify a girl who assaulted another in a public place."
Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah His Highness Dr Sheikh Sultan Bin Mohammed Al Qasimi highlighted the Sharjah Broadcasting Authority’s (SBA) critical role through its various media platforms in providing meaningful content to the audience that contributes to immunising society from extraneous ideas or phenomena and the importance of research and expanding knowledge for media figures in order to link ideas and recipients.
The first edition of the International Congress of Arabic Publishing and Creative Industries was launched on Sunday as part of the 31st Abu Dhabi International Book Fair (ADIBF 2022) at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC).