21 March 2020
Bhubaneswar: The State Government has issued some guidelines for media persons in order to maintain secrecy of the patients affected with novel coronavirus, as informed by Chief Spokesperson of Government of Odisha on COVID-19, Subroto Bagchi, in a press meet at Geeta Govinda Sadan in Bhubaneswar on Saturday.
The State Government has issued the regulations/advisory for prevention of Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) under Section-2 of the Epidemic Disease Act-1897 and in conformity with Rule-17 of guidelines issued by the Press Council of India.
The guidelines have been stated as under
1. No media shall publish the name and address of the person infected/affected with COVID-19 Virus, his /her parents, relatives, the doctor treating the patient and the assisting medical staff, obtained through any source, in any Print/Electronics/Web/Social Media.
2. No media shall interview any patient affected with COVID-19, his/her parents/relatives/treating doctors, assisting medical staff, in any form.
3. Any person disobeying any regulation or order made under the above provisions shall be deemed to have committed an offence punishable under Section -188 of IPC(45 of 1860) as per section-3 of the Epidemic Disease Act-1897.