Health Ministry debunks viral claim of full hospital beds, rising virus-related death toll

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Viral voice note recording alleged a new outbreak from Africa was spreading, leading to sudden deaths in a short period.

The Health Ministry (MoH) has confirmed that a voice note recording claiming that hospital beds were full and the death toll in cases of ‘Brought In Dead’ (BID) is increasing is an old recording that was previously circulated back in 2021.

The ministry also stated on Facebook last night (December 3) that the viral recording was being used to create public anxiety.

“The public is urged not to spread such false news that can cause panic among the public and to always be vigilant against the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic that persists around us.

“Ensure that you take public health precautionary measures by always observing the 3W approach: Wash hands frequently with soap and water, Wear a face mask in public places or if symptomatic, and heed warnings from the MoH. Also, avoid crowded places, confined spaces, and close conversations,” the ministry reminded.

In addition to claims that hospital beds are full and insufficient and that the death rate is increasing in ‘Brought in dead’ (BID) cases, the recently viral voice note recording also alleged that a new outbreak from Africa was spreading, leading to sudden deaths in a short period.