Virus Fears: Authorities start questioning over outbreak rumors

FIGHTING PROFITEERING: The Ministry of Justice said that prosecutors’ offices and judicial agencies would work with police to inspect stores and warehouses for hoarding

Taipei Times
Date: Feb 01, 2020
By: Jason Pan  /  Staff reporter

A number of people have been summoned for questioning as the judiciary cracks down on online

Yunlin County Councilor Lin Yueh-chang, back row left, Yunlin County Commissioner Chang Li-shan, back row second left, county government officials and students hold boxes of masks during an inspection of Jhennan Elementary School in the county’s Douliou City yesterday. The masks were purchased by the county government using funds from the Air Pollution Control Fund.
Photo: CNA

rumors regarding the 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) outbreak.

People must fact-check and verify with local health authorities when discussing information on the outbreak, Criminal Investigation Bureau officer Chen Pei-te (陳培德) said yesterday, adding that circulating misinformation is punishable by fines of up to NT$3 million (US$99,174).

A Yunlin County woman surnamed Shih (施) was summoned for questioning for claiming on Facebook that the hospital to which she took her baby for a vaccine had a confirmed 2019-nCoV patient, Chen said.

“Shih was asked by a friend, whom she told that the patient with the ‘Wuhan virus’ was at Chiayi Christian Hospital. This was not true, resulting in an investigation by Yunlin prosecutors,” Chen said.

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