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Covid-19: Malaysian Hospitals Are Now Victims Of Fake News

Covid-19: Malaysian Hospitals Are Now Victims Of Fake News

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With the uncertainty and worry of a pandemic looming over Malaysians, there has been a spate of fake news circulating through social media and various messaging platforms.

The Communications and Multimedia Ministry (KKMM) has stepped up to debunk and clarify false information regarding Covid-19.

Hospital Pakar Sultanah Fatimah Muar (HPSF) under quarantine

Hospital Pakar Sultanah Fatimah in Muar (HPSF) is not under quarantine and has not shut down. They also deny that any of the staff at HPSF has tested positive for Covid-19. 

The hospital is currently operating as usual.

Hospital Pakar Sultanah Fatimah in Muar.
(Credit: Facebook via Free Malaysia Today)

Ventilator donations to Hospital Selayang

News of a RM160,000 donation to Hospital Selayang to purchase ventilators is not true.

Earlier news reports had stated that Zurich Malaysia donated the large sum for the hospital to increase their treatment capacity. However, KKMM has refuted the news.

HKL medical aid

The Health Ministry has clarified that news of medical aid for  Hospital Kuala Lumpur (HKL) is an NGO initiative.

A Google screenshot of Hospital Kuala Lumpur.
(Image via Malay Mail)

The government is stepping up efforts to curb the dissemination of unverified information. Earlier this week, 5 individuals were placed under investigation for spreading fake news regarding Covid-19 in Perak and Penang.

So remember to verify information before sharing news online!  

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