Articles shared hundreds of times on Facebook claim that Zimbabwe has confirmed its first case of the novel coronavirus. The reports are misleading; no confirmed cases have been recorded as of February 20, 2020. A suspected patient was admitted to hospital but tested negative for the virus.
A news article from 2014 claiming that Islamic sharia law has been “enshrined in the UK legal system” has resurfaced on Facebook. The claim is misleading; sharia is not part of law in the United Kingdom.
Videos claiming that Clearblue pregnancy tests contain a type of morning-after pill called Plan B have been shared thousands of times on social media. The claim is false; the company said the tablet was intended to absorb moisture and should not be consumed.
Photographs purporting to show the body of basketball star Kobe Bryant, who died in a helicopter crash last month, have been shared hundreds of times on Facebook. In reality, the pictures show Halloween props.
Published on Friday7 February 2020 at 14:38Updated on Friday7 February 2020 at 17:26
A video shared thousands of times in several languages purports to show coronavirus patients in China. The claim is false; the people in the footage are South African students taking part in a high-school initiation.
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