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WC man who posted fake news video on 'contaminated' Covid-19 test kits arrested

7 April 2020 10:45 AM
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The man who claimed that Covid-19 community testing kits are possibly contaminated has been arrested and will appear in court today.

The 55-year-old was arrested on Monday by police from Parow police station in the Western Cape.

UPDATE: Stephen Birch appears in court for fake news video on Covid-19 tests

In the widely-shared video which was originally posted on Facebook, he urged people to refuse Covid-19 testing.

He gave no evidence to support his claims, which the Western Cape Health Department has since dismissed.

RELATED: Video claiming Covid-19 tests are contaminated is fake news - WC Health Dept

He has been charged in terms of the Disaster Management Act.

Authorities have repeatedly warned the public against the spread of fake news linked to the Covid-19 pandemic because it could spark needless panic.

To report fake news, you can email: fakenewsalert@dtps.gov.za or WhatsApp the number 0679664015


7 April 2020 10:45 AM
Tags:
Western Cape
fake news
video
COVID-19
Covid-19 arrest
contaminated test kits