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No, photo not of Covid-19 ‘infected’ clothes, blankets – and you won’t get the virus from imported goods

A photo of what looks like clothes and blankets packed into plastic-wrapped bales, stacked in rows on a concrete floor is claimed to be of clothing from people infected with Covid-19 in China, shipped to Africa to be sold cheaply.

This is false. The WHO and Harvard Medical School says it is safe to receive goods from Covid-19-infected areas. Read our fact-check for more details.

No, this screenshot is of Lassa fever cases, not Covid-19 numbers in Nigeria

A screenshot of a Channels TV news report is being shared on WhatsApp in Nigeria, with the claim that it shows the number of confirmed cases of Covid-19 in the country – 472 in total.

But the figures in the screenshot “are reported cases of lassa fever”, not of Covid-19. Read the details here.

No, photo of ‘Covid-19’ train tanker has been manipulated

A screenshot with a photo of a train tanker that seems to have “COVID-19” stamped on its side has been widely shared on Facebook and WhatsApp.

The text above the photo reads: “This photo taken in kansas in America in September 2019 something doesn’t add up. LET’S OPEN OUR EYES!” But the picture is fake.


We have lost control’? Photo not of Italy’s prime minister during coronavirus crisis, and quote made up

A photo of a grey-haired man, tears running down his face as he stands in front of a microphone, has been posted on Facebook. But it is not Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte throwing in the towel. It is of Jair Bolsonaro, the president of Brazil in a totally unrelated event. Get the details.



Photo of migrants drowned in 2013, not Italy’s coronavirus victims

A photo of dozens of wooden coffins, a rose on top of each, has been posted on social media.

Text above the photo urges people to socially distance themselves from others because of the new coronavirus. It reads: “In case you’re still not convinced to say home for you & ur beloved ones … Here’s a picture from Italy!” But the photo is not of coronavirus patients – but of the coffins of some of the African migrants killed in a shipwreck off the Italian coast in 2013. Details here.

Kenyans crowding in churches despite coronavirus ban? No, photos years old

“Some Kenyans overcrowd church halls today despite government and medical warnings to avoid overcrowded places,” reads a Facebook post from 22 March 2020. But the attached photos are years old.



Screenshot not from CNN

Constant sex kills coronavirus,” reads the text on what seems to be a screenshot of a CNN news report and posted on Facebook and WhatsApp. But this content can’t be found on the CNN website and has not been reported by any credible news source. The screenshot has been used before to make several other claims in the past.

Indeed, like other forms of contact, it can be a risk factor for infection. Read our full check here.

Citizen TV reports Kenya’s second case only hours after the first? No

Was Kenya’s second Covid-19 case confirmed on 13 March 2020, only hours after the first? This is according to what seemed to be a screenshot of a Facebook post by Citizen TV, a mainstream Kenyan news organisation.
But the station termed the screenshot fake. The country’s second case was confirmed on 15 March 2020. See the fact-check.


Former president Obasanjo denies Covid-19 in Nigeria?

Former Nigerian president Olusegun Obasanjo has said there are no cases of coronavirus in the country, claimed an article shared on Facebook. A screenshot of the article was also posted on WhatsApp. But this is not accurate. And the photo has been used before for an unrelated event.

Read more here.


Unrelated photo used to show Covid-19 deaths

“Millions of Death recorded as an Effect of the ‘CORONAVIRUS’ in China,” a Facebook user in Nigeria posted on 13 February 2020.

“Many are still dying and many are infected deeply with it. My question is: WHO CREATED OR INVENTED THIS VIRUS? This is really a ‘MASSIVE DESTRUCTION’!”

But the photo in the post doesn’t show dead people, and has nothing to do with the Covid-19 outbreak. It was snapped in 2014, and shows a performance art project in Frankfurt, Germany. Get more details here.

Hong Kong streets empty of protestors after coronavirus? No, photo of Wuhan, China

Do two photos show the streets of Hong Kong before and after the outbreak of Covid-19, the new strain of coronavirus? No, the first photo is of Hong Kong, but from November 2019 – not December. And the second photo doesn’t show Hong Kong at all.

Read our fact-check.


Photos not of coronavirus outbreak

A post on a Nigeria-based Facebook page claims the coronavirus is an “unknown virus” that kills in “under few seconds”.

It includes two photos. The first shows people in medical masks. The second is an aerial view of dozens of people lying on the street.

Both photos are unrelated to the new coronavirus outbreak, which started in December 2019. The first was taken in August 2018 in western Uganda, where there was a suspected case of Ebola. The second photo dates back to March 2014 and shows a performance art project in Frankfurt, Germany. Read our fact-check here.

Image of Sudanese minister wearing a face mask photoshopped

An image shared on Facebook claims it shows a Sudanese minister wearing a surgical mask while speaking to a Chinese official.
The post, from 8 February 2020, seems to be a reference to the Covid-19 outbreak.

A reverse image search traces the original image to the website of Sudan’s ministry of foreign affairs. Here the Sudanese official is not wearing a mask. The image shared on social media has been digitally altered. Read the full-check here.



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