DHAKA, Bangladesh —
Safety officers in Bangladesh have arrested the proprietor of two hospitals that issued 1000’s of pretend coronavirus take a look at reviews as he tried to flee the nation to India, officers mentioned Thursday.
Mohammed Shahed, a member of the governing celebration who often appeared on TV discuss reveals, was arrested Wednesday by the Fast Motion Battalion close to the Indian border after a nine-day manhunt.
Shahed is chairman of the Regent Group and proprietor of two Regent hospitals within the capital, Dhaka.
Abdul Baten, a commissioner of the Detective Department in Dhaka, mentioned Shahed admitted after his arrest that his hospitals didn’t have correct gear to conduct coronavirus assessments.
A court docket in Dhaka on Thursday allowed investigators to maintain Shahed in custody for 10 days for questioning.
Officers mentioned the hospitals had issued greater than 10,000 coronavirus take a look at outcomes and about 60% have been pretend despite the fact that sufferers have been charged for them. The hospitals allegedly organized for the remaining assessments to be performed by one other hospital.
The 2 hospitals had not renewed their medical licenses for years, however the Ministry of Well being nonetheless signed a cope with Shahed to dedicate the hospitals to coronavirus testing and therapy because the variety of instances rose in Bangladesh.
Bangladesh on Thursday was nearing 200,000 confirmed coronavirus instances, together with 2,496 deaths. Public health consultants say the precise quantity is way greater as a result of solely about 70 testing services can be found within the nation of 160 million individuals.
Shahed belongs to the governing Awami League celebration headed by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and is a member of its overseas affairs subcommittee. He has greater than 50 unlawful instances pending towards him throughout the nation on numerous expenses together with forgery and dishonest.
One other physician and her husband have been additionally arrested not too long ago on comparable expenses of falsifying take a look at outcomes.
Native media reviews say the scams might harm Bangladesh’s earnings from abroad staff. Final week, Italy suspended all flights from Bangladesh to Rome after some Bangladeshis reportedly introduced pretend unfavorable take a look at reviews for the coronavirus.
Bangladesh earns about $19 billion a 12 months from about 10 million abroad staff. Authorities mentioned about 15,000 Bangladeshi staff with jobs in Italy stay stranded in Bangladesh and it’s unclear whether or not they may have the ability to journey to the European nation.
Bangladesh has reopened companies together with its major export-earning garment sector after a monthslong closure.