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Fake news - Coronavirus COVID-19

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The following is fake news:

5 October: Wearing of masks

Wearing of masks

12 August: Minister Zulu new relief distress grant

Minister Zulu about new relief distress grant


10 August: Correctional Services learnerships

Correctional services jobs


7 August: Banning ends 15 August

Banning ends 15 August

29 July: Loan free debt relief

Loan free debet relief


28 July: Closure of universities

Nzimande closure of universities

8 July: Replacing of green ID

Green ID


29 June: Tembisa Hospital

Tembisa Hospital


23 June: FG Relief Funds

FS lockdown funds


2 June: Federal Government Insurance registration






26 May: COVID-19 youth brigades recruitment


14 May: Masks


12 May: SASSA

8 May: Unemployment Grant

27 April: Applying for Social Relief of Distress on WhatsApp


26 April: SASSA Whatsapp line for R350 grant


24 April: Social development


23 April: Phases


20 April: Bottle stores reopen on 22 April

Bottle stores reopen


12 April: Minister announces liquor trading hours


9 April: Food Parcels

8 April: Easter eggs

7 April: Foreign nations to depart South Africa

1 April: Normal school day


5 April: Misleading video clip on COVID-19 test kits


31 March: 90 day lockdown


30 March: I have tried to reach you since I tested positive...


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

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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