Qatar makes wearing masks outside mandatory with violators fined up to $50,000

FILE PHOTO: People walk at souq Waqif, following the outbreak of coronavirus, in Doha

CAIRO (Reuters) - Qatar's interior ministry announced on Thursday that wearing masks will be mandatory to go outside starting Sunday, and those who do not comply will be fined up to 200,000 riyals (£43,464).

Violators could also be jailed up to three years, or either of those punishments, according to a statement on the ministry's Twitter account.

The statement added that the only exception will be if the person is alone driving in a vehicle.

Qatar reported 1,733 new coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours for a total of 28,272 cases and a total of 14 deaths.

(Reporting by Hesham Abdul Khalek; Editing by Lisa Shumaker)