A Bangladesh hospital proprietor accused of issuing hundreds of pretend unfavorable coronavirus check outcomes to sufferers at his two clinics was arrested on Wednesday whereas attempting to flee to India in a burqa, police mentioned.
The arrest marked the tip of a nine-day manhunt for Mohammad Shahed over allegations of issuing pretend certificates to sufferers saying they had been virus-free with out even testing them.
Shahed, 42, was considered one of greater than a dozen folks detained by authorities over the previous few days in reference to the rip-off.
Consultants warn the false paperwork have worsened the already dire scenario within the nation of 168 million folks by casting doubt in regards to the veracity of certificates issued by clinics.
“He was arrested from the financial institution of a border river as he was attempting to flee to India. He was sporting a burqa,” Fast Motion Battalion spokesman Colonel Ashique Billah instructed the AFP information company.
“His hospitals carried out 10,500 coronavirus assessments, out of which 4,200 had been real and the remainder, 6,300 check studies, got with out conducting assessments.”
Shahed can also be accused of charging for the certificates and COVID-19 therapies though he had agreed with the federal government that his hospitals within the capital Dhaka would offer free care.
The alleged scams might badly damage migrant staff searching for to go overseas and whose remittances are key to Bangladesh’s financial system, mentioned Shakirul Islam of migrant rights group OKUP.
Italy final week suspended flights to Rome from Bangladesh to stem the spate of coronavirus instances. A number of passengers arriving from Dhaka had examined constructive for COVID-19.
Fearing attainable infections within the Bangladeshi immigrant neighborhood, authorities in Lazio area carried out “blanket testing” for the coronavirus. Italy is residence to greater than 100,000 Bangladeshis, in response to nationwide statistics institute ISTAT.
“Among the Bangladeshis who had been examined constructive in Italy had been allegedly carrying unfavorable COVID certificates from Bangladesh,” Islam claimed.