The video shows people queueing at a Covid-19 quarantine centre in Malaysia

Copyright AFP 2017-2021. All rights reserved.

A video has been viewed hundreds of times in multiple Facebook posts, along with a claim that it shows a long queue of people to enter a Covid-19 makeshift hospital in the Indonesian capital, Jakarta. The claim is false; the video actually shows a queue at a Covid-19 care centre in Malaysia. 

The 42-second video was posted to Facebook here on January 8, 2021. 

Translated to English, the Indonesian-language caption partly reads: “Dear friends, please always follow the health protocols. This video doesn’t show a queue at an airport, rather it shows people queueing to enter the Athletes Village, please take care of yourself and your family.”

A screenshot of the misleading post, taken on January 12, 2021

The government has converted parts of the Kemayoran Athletes Village in Jakarta, which was originally built for the 2018 Asian Games, into a Covid-19 makeshift hospital and quarantine centre for asymptomatic patients.

The video has been viewed more than 1,100 times after appearing with a similar claim here, here and here

The claim, however, is false.

A reverse image search on Google, using video keyframes extracted with InVID-WeVerify, found the video was previously posted here on Twitter on January 7, 2021.

The user, who is apparently a Malaysian, explained in a replying tweet that the video shows a queue inside “Hall MAEPS.”

An AFP fact-checker in Kuala Lumpur has identified the video location as the Malaysia Agro Exposition Park (MAEPS) in Serdang, in the Malaysian state of Selangor. Like the Kemayoran Athletes Village in Jakarta, MAEPS has been also temporarily converted into a “Covid-19 quarantine and low-risk treatment centre”.

An interior photo tagged to the location of MAEPS on Google Maps and other pictures posted on the Malaysian Health Ministry’s Facebook page match some features seen in the video. 

Below is a screenshot comparison of the video in the misleading post (L) and the photo on Google Maps (R):

Screenshot comparison of the video in the misleading post (L) and the photo on Google Maps (R)

Malaysian state-run news agency Bernama reported on January 9, 2021, that the video had also gone viral in Malaysia and that an official had criticised the video for not reflecting “the real situation”.

According to the report, the country’s National Disaster Management Agency spokesperson Nur Daliza Dohat said, “The situation in the video showing the centre being congested is confusing. What is shown in the video is a normal situation during the daily discharge process.” 

COVID-19