- A Chinese man identified as Tianxing Zhang has been arrested by the police for illegally conducting coronavirus tests
- The 36-year-old was arrested in the Brena district of Lima on Sunday, April 12, at his home
- The suspect confessed to stealing two batches of the COVID-19 test to use on people who suspected they were ill with the virus
The police have arrested a Chinese citizen identified as Tianxing Zhang, for conducting illegal rapid COVID-19 tests on the public with new kits stolen from the health ministry in Peru.
According to AFP, the 36-year-old was apprehended on Sunday, April 12, in the Brena district of Lima as he was about to take samples from two women who had paid him to carry out a rapid home test at the door of their house.
The police in a statement said the suspect was about to carry out rapid tests for COVID-19 without health ministry approval with the kits he had stolen from the Lima Sur health authority where he worked.
Zhang who was wearing a mask and a light blue medical apron picked up by the state security police.
According to the police, Zhang confessed to stealing the COVID-19 test kits to use on people who suspected they had symptoms of the virus and for monetary value.
25 COVID-19 tests and other medical supplies were found in his backpack at his home.
Legit.ng previously reported that the academic research on the origins of the novel coronavirus has been restricted.
The restriction was imposed by the Chinese government according to a news report. According to a central government directive, all academic papers on Covid-19 will be subject to extra vetting before being submitted for publication.
It reported that studies on the origin of the virus will receive extra scrutiny and must be approved by central government officials.
In other news, the Nigeria Centre of Disease Control (NCDC) on Sunday, April 12, confirmed 5 new cases of COVID-19 in Nigeria.
According to the government agency, the cases are recorded in three states which comprise of Lagos, Kwara and Katsina, the home state of President Muhammadu Buhari.
With this confirmation, the total coronavirus cases in Nigeria now stand at 323 while 85 people have been discharged and 10 people have lost the battle with the virus.
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