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Israel said to be a leader in number of COVID-related fines

The Israel Police has given out more fines to those violating coronavirus restrictions than any other police force it is in contact with around the world, the Ynet news site reports, citing police data.

The report says police are in contact with law enforcement in numerous countries as they share strategies on dealing with the pandemic.

Figures obtained through such contacts have shown Israel to be in the lead with 522,000 fines, compared to Italy (385,000), the UK (30,000), Greece (150,000), Austria (42,000), the Netherlands (40,000), and Bulgaria (26,000).

Notably, each country has different procedures and rules and different policies toward when fines should be given, and some countries have other authorities overseeing some restrictions — so it is not possible to surmise from the data that enforcement is better in Israel than in other nations.

Police temporary roadblock on Route 1 outside Jerusalem on January 15, 2021, during the 3rd nation-wide full lockdown, in an effort to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)
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