List of Covid-19 related fake news today

KUALA LUMPUR (April 17): The Ministry of Communications and Multimedia’s Quick Response Team in a media statement today issued a list of replies by the relevant agencies to fake news viraled on the social media:

1. Sultanah Nora Ismail Hospital (HSNI) in Batu Pahat, Johor denies that it is facing a shortage of infrared thermometers.

2. Sandakan police chief denies claims that 800 drivers who were summoned to pay RM1,000 compound fine were made to line up outside the Sandakan police station.

He clarified that they were present to lodge police reports and for other matters and were asked to practice social distancing in accordance with the Movement Control Order (MCO).

3. The Terengganu Health Department denies claims a death suspected to be due to Covid-19 happened in Jalan Abdul Rahman Limbong, Padang Negara, Kuala Terengganu and clarified that lab tests showed the deceased was negative for the coronavirus.

4. Johor police chief dismisses claims in a video recording, that went viral on social media, saying police were not controlling social distancing in several locations including at markets and shops in Johor Bahru.

He stressed that Johor police were constantly taking action to ensure compliance to the Movement Control Order (MCO).

5. Johor Bahru's Sultan Ismail Hospital director denies allegations that the hospital has almost run out of Personal Protection Equipment’ (PPE), instead clarified that the Health Ministry and the hospital's management were constantly making efforts to ensure sufficient stocks of PPE to continue serving patients.

6. Sarawak Disaster Management Committee chairman Datuk Douglas Uggah Embas denies that the state government will be declaring a three-day lockdown.

The denial is in refuting the circulation of a notice titled "3 Days Total Lockdown Challenge, Sarawak, 17th, 18th & 19th April, 2020".

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