KUALA LUMPUR – A total of 14 reports on the 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) outbreak have been proven to be fake.
The Ministry of Health (MOH) had denied the reports distributed via Whatsapp and Facebook.
Four of the fake news on the outbreak uploaded by four netizens are under police investigation.
According to the Ministry of Health, the fake news were purportedly shared by irresponsible quarters to create panic among the people.
Among the fake news include an alleged seven-year-old child was diagnosed with Wuhan virus in Likas Hospital in Sabah besides listing several high coronavirus risk areas in Selangor, alleging that the government had caused the outbreak.
Another fake news include a Chinese tourist with positive Coronavirus walked freely in Tropicana 218 Macalister in Penang and the first coronavirus case in Malaysia was detected in a private hospital in Kuantan, Pahang.
The MOH also denied fake news circulated in Facebook with several pictures claiming that hundreds of Chinese tourists fled to Langkawi fearing the coronavirus in their own country.
Fake news on a coronavirus positive patient passed away in Shah Alam after suffering from seizure and an alleged first 2019-nCoV case was diagnosed at the Seberang Jaya Hospital involving two Chinese tourists were also being shared.
A fake news was distributed through Whatsapp alleging that a father to a student from Sekolah Kebangsaan Paka was ill three days after returning from umrah due to the Wuhan virus.
In Twitter, fake news stating that the Mahkota Medical Centre in Melaka was shut down due to the death of a patient suffering from 2019-nCoV and another case was found in UIA Hospital in Kuantan were being circulated.
The MOH also denied fake news on the first Wuhan virus suspect was being treated at the Tuanku Jaafar Hospital in Seremban and allegations on coronavirus patients being treated in KPJ Seremban.
The Ministry also denied three other fake news circulated in Facebook saying that Wong Tong, from China is suspected for being contacted by the coronavirus and is being treated at the Ayer Keroh Polyclinic in Melaka.
Two other fake news containing microscopic images of the coronavirus claiming five individuals who just returned from Wuhan were being detained at the Sultanah Nur Zahirah Hospital for being suspected to suffer from coronavirus.
Meanwhile, four netizens are being investigated by the police, namely, Mr. Kong Tuck Wah, Ibu Yati, Roti Sardeen and the Gabungan Anak Terengganu (Original) Facebook Group which uploaded fake news on the coronavirus outbreak.
The four cases are being investigated under Section 203(A) of the Penal Code (Disclosing Information), Section 233 of the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998 (Improper use of network facilities or network service) and Section 505(b) of the Penal Code (Statements conducing to public mischief with intent to cause, or which his likely to cause, fear or alarm to the public). -MalaysiaGazette