Siang: Amid rising cases of coronavirus in the country, panic has gripped citizens with the government urging all to steer clear of rumours and misinformation regarding virus outbreak. In one such case, a man has been booked in Arunachal Pradesh’s East Siang District after he posted misleading information on social media regarding coronavirus. Also Read - Amid Rising Cases of Coronavirus in the Country, Arunachal Pradesh Bans Entry Of Foreigners

Recently, Subu Kena Tsering posted in a Facebook group that coronavirus has reached Pasighat and two patients have been referred to Dibrugarh in Assam. Also Read - China Objects to Amit Shah's Visit to Arunachal Pradesh; India Dismisses Claims

Following the wrong information, a case was lodged against Tsering based on a complaint filed by district medical officer Kaling Dai on Friday at Pasighat police station. He is yet to be arrested.

The virus that first emerged in China in December last year has spread to 97 countries and has infected 102,180 people. More than 3,500 people have been killed due to the virus so far.

On Saturday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi asked people to stay away from rumours regarding coronavirus and emphasised on the need to follow the advice of doctors in this regard.

“I request people to not believe in hearsay and rumours on what to do and what not to do on coronavirus,” Narendra Modi said while addressing Jan Aushadhi beneficiaries. PM Modi also said that one should consult a doctor if one feels unwell.

Meanwhile, as a security measure, the Arunachal Pradesh government on Sunday temporarily stopped issuing Protected Area Permits (PAPs) to foreigners to check the spread of coronavirus.