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Youth in Mysore was arrested for spreading misinformation about Covid-19.

The police in Nepal have arrested a youth for spreading false information about Covid-19 in Nepal, not in Mysore.

The Cyber Crime Bureau of Nepal Police arrested 20-year-old Bibek Thapa Magar or allegedly spreading rumours about deaths by COVID-19 in a private hospital, which went viral over social media and causing public fear amidst the rising threat of COVID-19. An audio recording was rotating on social media claiming a total of eight people have tested positive for coronavirus and were admitted to Norvic International Hospital in Nepal. However, the hospital has denied any such cases.

As of March 25, 2020, 3 people have tested positive for the coronavirus in Nepal. The country has reported zero deaths till now.

The COVID-19 pandemic has given rise to a lot of potentially dangerous misinformation. For reliable advice on COVID-19 including symptoms, prevention and available treatment, please refer to the World Health Organisation or your national healthcare authority.

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