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Mar 13, 2020

Hiding information on Corona virus infection made punishable offense in Bangladesh

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Hiding of information about Corona virus infection has been made a punishable offense in Bangladesh. Director General of Health Services (DGHS) of Bangladesh Dr Abul Kalam Azad said on Friday that legal action may be taken against the person under the Communicable Disease Prevention Act, reports the official news agency BSS. The act empowers the government to sentence a person who gives wrong information about a communicable disease like Corona to two months imprisonment or a fine of Tk 25 thousand or both.

Updating the status of the Corona virus infection in the country, Director of the Institute of Epidemiology Disease Control and Research (IEDCR) Dr. Meerjady Sabrina Flora informed the media on Friday that one of the three persons admitted to the hospital with the infection has been relieved from the hospital.

Another recovered patient is still at the hospital along with the third person who is still infected. She said IEDCR tested samples of 24 persons in the last 24 hours. None were found Corona virus positive.

Keeping the hospitals ready to treat the patients with Corona virus infection government has prepared 1,350 beds in 14 hospitals in Dhaka, Chattogram, Sylhet, Barishal, and Rangpur cities, informed DGHS in a press release.

The government has also announced that no rally or parade will be held on the occasion of the independence day on March 26 in view of the Corona virus threat.

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