Viral false news debunked

James Kon

The Ministry of Health (MoH) yesterday debunked news that went viral about a former COVID-19 positive patient attending an open house, subsequently being confirmed positive and all family members attending called to undergo tests.

“The ministry would like to clarify that the information is false and has been distributed by irresponsible parties.

“At present, no new COVID-19 infection case has been detected in Brunei Darussalam,” Minister of Health Dato Seri Setia Dr Haji Mohd Isham bin Haji Jaafar said.

He said legal action can be taken if found guilty of spreading false information.

Dato Seri Setia Dr Haji Mohd Isham advised the public to not believe information and news spread over Internet or through social media such as WhatsApp, Twitter and Facebook without ascertaining its authenticity.

The public should not disseminate anything that is not officially released by the ministry,
he said.

“The act of distributing unauthorised information, falsely created by those who intend to mislead is an offence and may be reported under Section 34 of the Public Order Act, Chapter 148. Whether spoken or written or used in any way, disseminating reports or makes false statements, resulting in disruption of public order is punishable by three years with a fine of up to BND3,000,” he said at the daily press conference yesterday.