An image shared on Facebook shows a man holding a placard that reads: “No coronavirus in Nigeria If you believe share.”
The post has been shared 38,000 times since it was posted in April 2020. And its claim is false.
Google and TinEye reverse image searches reveal that the image has been used several times since at least 2017 with different text on the placard. One says: “Life is short, death is sure, sin the cause, Christ the cure.” Another has the same text in Spanish.
In what seems to be the original image, a white person is holding the placard. In the version posted in Nigeria, a black person’s face and arms have been superimposed on the original.
Africa Check has debunked several false claims that Nigeria has no Covid-19 cases.
Nigeria’s Covid-19 cases
Coronaviruses are a group of viruses that cause illnesses ranging from the common cold to more serious diseases. An outbreak of a new coronavirus disease was identified in December 2019. It was later named Covid-19.
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Africa Check teams up with Facebook
Africa Check is a partner in Facebook’s third-party fact-checking programme to help stop the spread of false information on social media.
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Fighting coronavirus misinformation
Africa Check is working with the CoronaVirusFacts/DatosCoronaVirus Alliance, a coalition of more than 100 fact-checkers fighting misinformation about the Covid-19 pandemic.
Learn more about the alliance here.
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