COVID-19 - Fact Checking a Must as Misinformation Spreads

With U.S. President Donald Trump suggesting that people could receive injections of disinfectant to treat COVID-19, Madagascar's president saying he has "herbal remedy", and three in ten Nigerians believing that they are immune to the disease, misinformation and disinformation continues to get in the way of Africa's response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Previous misinformation surrounding the virus included social media posts circulated in South Africa claiming the government would only assist companies that were 51% black-owned, and a now-deleted tweet from a Nigerian entertainer that featured a doctored image of a television breaking news segment, proposing that cocaine can cure the novel coronavirus.

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