Hospital owner Mohammad Shahed

A hospital owner in Bangladesh, who allegedly issued thousands of fake negative coronavirus test results to patients at his two clinics, has been arrested.

After nine days continued search operations, Hospital owner Mohammad Shahed was arrested by police on Wednesday while trying to flee to India in a burqa, Aljazeera reported.

42-year-old Shahed was one of more than a dozen people detained by authorities over the past few days in connection with the scam.

Experts warn the false documents have worsened the already dire situation in the country of 168 million people by casting doubt about the veracity of certificates issued by clinics.

“He was arrested from the bank of a border river as he was trying to flee to India. He was wearing a burqa,” Rapid Action Battalion spokesman Colonel Ashique Billah told reporters.

Billah said his hospitals carried out 10,500 coronavirus tests, out of which 4,200 were genuine and the rest, 6,300 test reports, were given without conducting tests.

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