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Be Ready to Pay Ksh.5Million Fine For Spreading Coronavirus Rumors

Kenyans who are good at “spreading rumors” about the deadly Covid-19 (Coronavirus) are being tracked and will be arrested, the government has said. One will have to part with Ksh. 5Million if found.

The government spokesperson Col. Cyrus Oguna has warned Kenyans on spreading unverified information on the deadly Coronavirus

On Sunday there were some alerts which alleged that there was confirmed cases at the Kenyatta National Hospital and at Mbagathi County Hospital.

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“It is criminal to spread such malicious and alarmist statements through social and digital channels. These fake and alarmist rumors have been forwarded to the cybercrime unit and DCI for investigation, arrest and prosecution of the authors and this spreading the same,” Oguna added in a statement,”

He said all government communication on Covid-19 will come from the Cabinet Secretary for Health or the government spokesman or their appointed persons.

He spoke after a four-minute clip was circulated where a government official announced a confirmed case at Mbagathi Hospital.

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It would later emerge that the clip was a drill for the Ministry of Health Officials.The Star has reported

The coronavirus has so far claimed over 3000 lives with over 80,000 being infected. Over 67 countries have been hit by the virus. In Africa Algeria, Nigeria and Egypt have confirmed cases with Senegal being the latest to be hit by the Coronavirus

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The World Health organization had expressed its fears of the virus spreading to countries with poor health system. With Kenya seen not enough prepared, the act of allowing the Chinese airline in the country is seen as a gamble by the government with the health of its citizens

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