Fake Information, Videos Hamper Fight Against COVID-19
Fake news surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic has been spreading faster than the virus itself after a video circulated in South Africa of a man urging the public to refuse COVID-19 testing. Meanwhile, Egypt's Supreme Council for Media Regulation has announced blocking or limiting access to a dozen news websites and social media accounts for spreading "rumours" about the pandemic. In Nigeria, Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, says the spike in fake news and misinformation, despite repeated caution by the government, is encumbering the fight against the outbreak.
COVID-19 in West Africa - Credible Information As A Vaccine Against Misinformation?
allAfrica, 11 May 2020
During the social media age information spreads faster than any virus and there seems to be no vaccine against misinformation. As governments struggle to contain COVID19, public… Read more »
Man Who Posted Fake 'Contaminated COVID-19 Test Kits' Video Arrested
News24Wire, 7 April 2020
The man who posted a fake video relating to Covid-19, claiming testing kits are possibly contaminated, has been arrested. Read more »
Malawi COVID-19 Tests Are Accurate, Trust Us - PS for Health
Nyasa Times, 4 April 2020
Ministry of Health Principal Secretary Dan Namarika has assured the public that they should have trust in the medical personnel that the country has and that the texts they are… Read more »
Spike in Fake News Distracting COVID-19 Fight - Lai Mohammed
Vanguard, 3 April 2020
The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, says the spike in fake news and misinformation, despite repeated caution by the government, is distracting the fight… Read more »
'Speed Science' and Online Rumour Blur Fact and Fiction
Daily Maverick, 7 April 2020
Battling to cope with the incessant hum of contradictory Covid-19 messages and information? Are you overwhelmed, perhaps panicked by the deluge of news on news websites, social… Read more »
Real-Time Reverse Transcriptase (RT)-PCR Diagnostic Panel (file photo)
Fear mongering and homemade remedies: Fake news is getting in the way as Africa responds to the COVID-19 pandemic, writes Cai Nebe for Deutsche Welle. This comes after social media ... Read more »
The World Health Organisation wants to separate fact from fiction surrounding the novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 which causes COVID-19. Preventative measures include frequent hand ... Read more »
As of June 1, the confirmed COVID-19 case total from 55 African countries has reached 146,793. Reported deaths in Africa have reached 4,222 and recoveries 61,772.
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