“Shock hits Meru University students after a student is tested positive of coronavirus making it a second case of COVID-19,” reads what looks like a screenshot of a Facebook post by Kenya’s Citizen TV, posted on the social network on 16 March 2020.
“All students are urged to calm down as school management finds the solution towards the same.”
Is the screenshot legit? We checked.
‘Ignore this post’
On 16 March, Citizen TV posted the screenshot on Facebook with “FAKE” stamped on it.
“Another day, another fake alert! Again, kindly ignore this post that is doing the rounds and avoid sharing it to stop creating panic,” the media house said.
Meru University has also dismissed the post as fake. – Dancan Bwire
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