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* Police to take legal action against publishing malicious reports in social media about COVID-19 pandemic
Thu, Apr 2, 2020, 08:57 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Apr 02, Colombo: Head of Police Media, Deputy Inspector General of Police Ajith Rohana today warned that necessary legal action will be instituted against those publishing fake, malicious and untrue stories in social media networks.

At the National Operation Centre for Prevention of COVID-19 Outbreak (NOCPCO) media briefing today, DIG Rohana said a fake report about infection of 40 children lying in Lady Ridgeway Hospital was found in social media and investigations are underway to nab those responsible for such reports.

“No COVID-affected child is in this hospital for children, and it operates smoothly as usual,” DIG Rohana stressed.

Meanwhile, a total of 1,017 curfew violators were arrested in the past 24 hours, he added.

A total of 268 persons have been arrested for violating the curfew within 6 hours from 6am to 12 noon today and 80 vehicles were seized during this period.

The police headquarters stated that 9,734 persons have been arrested for violating the law since the curfew imposed on March 20th. The number of vehicles seized during the period was 2,412.


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