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Intentional misrepresentation or 'Fake News' regarding the Coronavirus (Covid-19)


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Fake News is damaging and posing more risk to members of the public with false information.

We draw the public's attention to Government Gazette No. 43107, Vol. 657 dated 18 March 2020, in particular, Regulation 11(4), which states that "Any person who intentionally misrepresents that he, she or any other person is infected with COVID-19 is guilty of an offence and on conviction liable to a fine or to imprisonment for a period not exceeding six months or to both such fine and imprisonment." (hereinafter "Regulation")

In compliance with the Regulation, Melomed Private Hospitals will be reporting individual(s) who intentional misrepresentation and / or 'Fake News" about Covid-19 to the South African Police Services, as such conduct is now deemed a criminal offence.

Melomed Private Hospitals will be monitoring the intentional misrepresentation and / or reporting 'Fake News" about Covid-19 posted via Whatsapp, Facebook and any other online social media platforms.

If you are aware of any individual(s) spreading intentional misrepresentation and / or reporting 'Fake News" about Covid-19, we implore the public to immediately report these offenders to info@melomed.co.za