Western Cape officials clamp down on fake coronavirus news

This after a man claimed on social media that cotton-tipped sticks that would be used to obtain a nasopharyngeal sample for coronavirus testing were already infected with the virus.

FILE: Western Cape Health MEC Nomafrench Mbombo. Picture: @WCHealthMEC/Twitter.

CAPE TOWN - The Western Cape Health Department on Monday said authorities were hot on the heels of the creator of a coronavirus (COVID-19) fake news post.

In a video shared on social media, a man claimed cotton-tipped sticks that would be used to obtain a nasopharyngeal sample for coronavirus testing were already infected with the virus.

Department officials rubbished that as fake news.

While visiting COVID-19 community-based screening and testing operations in Mbekweni, provincial Health MEC Nomafrench Mbombo said police were investigating the matter.

β€œIn terms of the Disaster Management Act, fake news needs to be reported and this is illegal,” Mbombo said.

Cape Town Police confirmed they were working on the case.

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