Health Ministry to maintain list debunking fake news on Wuhan coronavirus

Yiswaree Palansamy


Health Minister Datuk Seri Dzulkefly Ahmad speaks to the media during a press conference after his visit to KLIA and KLIA 2 in Sepang January 27, 2020. — Picture by Shafwan Zaidon

KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 27 — The Health Ministry (MoH) will publish a list of fake news about the Wuhan coronavirus (2019-nCoV) that it has debunked, Datuk Seri Dzulkefly Ahmad said today.

In a press conference, the minister showed pages of fake information about the minister and its handling of the virus here, before criticising those seeking to tarnish the ministry and related agencies.

“And then there’s this saying that I encourage Chinese tourists to come for vacation in Malaysia, as long as they don a face mask and all that. There are just too much.

“We will publish a list of all the fake news, and God willing, we will do so soonest, because there are simply too much,” he said.

Dzulkefly was speaking to the press after a work visit to the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) and KLIA 2, to check on the preparedness of immigration and Health Ministry officials, to contain the said virus outbreak.

Currently, there are just four positive cases of the virus in Malaysia.

But rumours about the 2019-nCoV are spreading faster than actual cases themselves, forcing authorities in three states to come out today to refute rumours that the disease has spread to their locations: Melaka, Negri Sembilan, and Pahang.

Yesterday, there were also several debunked rumours involving a case in Ipoh and the entry of Chinese travellers in Langkawi.

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