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.

Real-Time Reverse Transcriptase (RT)-PCR Diagnostic Panel (file photo)


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