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Exposing identity of COVID-19 affected people will be penalized: Govt

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Dimapur, April 1: The Government of Nagaland in exercise of the powers conferred by the Nagaland Epidemic Disease (COVID-19) Regulations, 2020 under the Epidemic Disease Act 1897, clause no. 13 has stated that ‘no individual/institution/organization will use any print or electronic media for information regarding COVID-19 without prior permission’ from recognized authority.
In an official release, the Government observed that during the current crisis situation of COVID-19 pandemic, the identity of people affected by the disease or suspected to be a positive case are exposed and circulated in social media which could lead to somatization, and mental trauma.
The Government warned that anyone who exposes the identity of COVID-19 affected people through sharing of bio-data or photo in various print and electronic media, shall be penalized under Section 188 of Indian Penal Code 1860 (45 of 1860). (Page News Service)

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