Covid-19 spreads more quickly in the dark? Another false claim in overused CNN screenshot

“The government of Kenya has discovered that Covid-19 virus spreads faster in the dark,” reads text on what seems to be a screenshot of a CNN news broadcast, shared on Facebook.

The screen shows Wolf Blitzer, a CNN news anchor.

To contain the spread of the coronavirus, Kenyan president Uhuru Kenyatta has ordered a countrywide dusk to dawn curfew from 7pm to 5am. The screenshot started circulating soon after the curfew was announced.

But is the text on the screen genuine?

Many absurd claims

Africa Check has already debunked two other versions of the CNN screenshot of Wolf Blitzer, both making false claims about the coronavirus outbreak.

A Google reverse image search reveals that it has been used to make a number of absurd claims over the years.

There is no evidence that the coronavirus spreads more quickly in the dark. – Grace Gichuhi


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