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Posted: Friday, March 13, 2020. 8:49 pm CST.

By BBN Staff: The Belize Police Department issued a release saying that it notes with great concern, the number of false rumours going around regarding COVID-19 in Belize.

There have been numerous false reports being shared on social media.

This is despite the fact that the Ministry of Health which is the authorized agency to confirm the presence of such virus in Belize has not confirmed any such case.

The police department says that some people are using social media platform to spread such rumours; therefore, creating a sense of fear and panic in our citizenry.

The police department is asking all to refrain from the spreading of such rumour, until or unless the Ministry of Health has confirmed the presence of any such case in Belize. To do otherwise is an offence.

Section 3(I)(IX) reads: A person who “maliciously fabricated or knowingly spreads abroad or publishes, whether by writing or by word of mouth or otherwise, any false news or false report tending to create or foster public alarm or to produce public detriment;” is guilty of a misdemeanour. And for a second or subsequent offence – fine not exceeding 600 or imprisonment not exceeding one year.

The authorities ask the public’s full cooperation in reporting responsibly to our Belizean populace.

 

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