Bhubaneswar, Mar 21 (Local Wire): The state government on Saturday imposed restrictions on the media against revealing the identity of the Coronavirus positive patients and people close to them.
It also claimed that such reporting will be liable for legal action.
This comes after some media outlets revealed the names and details of the second Coronavirus patient from the state and his father who is a senior doctor at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Bhubaneswar.
In a statement, the government said, “No media shall publish the name and address of the person infected/affected with COVID-19 Virus, his /her parents, relatives, the doctor treating the patient and the assisting medical staff, obtained through any source, in any Print/Electronics/Web/Social Media,”
It also said that no media should conduct interviews of any patient affected with COVID-19, his/her parents/relatives/treating doctors, assisting medical staff, in any form.
Taking about the legal action, the government said, “Any person disobeying any regulation or order made under the above provisions shall be deemed to have committed an offence punishable under Section -188 of IPC (45 of 1860) as per section-3 of the Epidemic Disease Act-1897,”
According to Section 188 of the IPC, violations would lead to jail term of one month to six months.