MoH debunks viral message

James Kon

The Ministry of Health (MoH) yesterday debunked an unfounded message regarding an outbreak of COVID-19 in Kuala Belait that has gone viral on social media.

The Ministry urged the public not to spread the baseless message that reads “Be careful, COVID-19 has spread in Belait District caused by COVID-19 carrier recently returned from the United Kingdom (UK)”.

Several unfounded messages on COVID-19 were also circulating on social media.

The public are advised to verify the information and refrain from spreading rumours.

MoH reminded the public that circulating fake news is an offence under Section 34 of the Public Order Act (Chapter 148), which states that anyone who spreads false reports or makes false statements, whether orally or in writing or by other means, that are likely to cause public alarm or result in public disorder, is guilty of an offence punishable by a prison term of three years or a fine of up to BND3,000.