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NDMA warns against spreading misleading info about COVID-19

Mar 20, 2020, 12:52 PM

The National Disaster Management Agency (NDMA) has called on the general public to desist from publishing misleading and unfounded information relating to the corona virus.

In a media release, the agency said it has came to their attention that ‘certain unscrupulous individuals’ are publishing, misleading and in some cases unfounded information relating to the COVID19 virus.

The agency said the acts contravene Section. 125 of the NDMA Act of 2008, which states:

“A person who, without lawful authority, makes or circulates a false alarm or warning as to a threatening disaster situation or disaster or its severity or magnitude, leading to panic, commits an offence and is liable on conviction, to a fine not exceeding five hundred thousand dalasis or imprisonment for a term not exceeding five years, or to both the fine and imprisonment”.

The agency, the release added, therefore encouraged Gambians and non-Gambians alike to contact the Ministry of Health ‘if they have concerns/information in relation to the virus, or listen to media houses tasked to disseminate information about the Corona Virus’.