Illegal to spread fake news

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KUCHING: The public have been reminded not to spread fake Covid-19 news as it is illegal to do so and will only worsen the situation.

Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC), in a statement today, pointed out that several agencies, organisations and companies had taken the initiative to create their own lists of Covid-19 high risk exposure areas.

“The lists have been circulated and spread on social media. The news has caused confusion among the public,” it said.

SDMC clarified that it did not issue such lists. 

“We would like to advise the public to always be vigilant and be careful with fake news.

“All information has to be confirmed by SDMC and will only be issued officially through the committee’s statements,” it said.

Recently, an internal notice allegedly issued by a company went viral on social media. It warned its staff to avoid meeting people who worked in the so-called Covid-19 high risk areas. 

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