Fake news - Coronavirus COVID-19

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The following is fake news:

28 March: Cosmic rays pass close to earth - turn off phones, etc.

Cosmic rays


27 March: Loss of soldiers 

26 March: Letter for closure of all learning institutions

Closure of all learning institutions

25 March: Schools opening date might be carried to the 10th of September

24 March: List of critical services required during the imposition of restricted movement during COVID-19

23 March: Restrictions on movement

22 March: Landlords barred from collecting house rent for the next 90 days

21 March: Chinese nationals buying their way into the country

20 March - Pres Ramaphosa - helicopters spraying chemicals solutions

Fake news

Africa Check - sorting fact from fiction

Viral ‘Unicef’ message about preventing coronavirus infection a mix of truths and half-truths

Coronavirus is not pneumonia – and symptoms of Covid-19 can be like common cold

No, drinking alcohol won’t kill the coronavirus

South Africa’s first coronavirus patient now has no symptoms, but not ‘cured’

Israeli scientists ‘close’ to developing Covid-19 vaccine, but no announcement or release yet

No, garlic doesn’t cure coronavirus. Get Covid-19 facts only from experts

No, Dettol surface cleanser not proven to kill 2019 coronavirus

No, Ghana university hasn’t developed coronavirus vaccine

Yes, dog tested positive for new coronavirus – but no evidence pets can spread Covid-19