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Fact Check: Post claiming China seeks court’s approval to kill 20000 coronavirus patients is fake

  • By Vishvas News
  • Updated: February 12, 2020

A viral post on social media claims that China seeks for court’s approval to kill over 20,000 coronavirus patients to avoid further spread of the virus. Vishvas News investigated and found that the viral post is fake.

Claim

A post doing rounds on social media shared by a page named Science Facts reads: “China seek for court’s approval to kill the over 20,000 coronavirus patients to avoid further spread of the virus.” The archived version of the post can be checked here.

Investigation

When Vishvas News investigated we found that the content of the viral post has been taken from a website named City News.

When we read the entire content, we found that the report was full of errors (spelling and grammatical).

We further investigated and found that the website has been publishing junk news stories earlier as well.

This website has also previously spread fake news about the coronavirus. The government of Singapore released a statement refuting the claim.

We searched the claim on the website of “The Supreme People’s Court Of The People’s Republic Of China”. there was no mention of the case in this website.

World Health Organization (WHO) has been publishing Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) Situation Reports.

These reports give statistics on the situation of the novel coronavirus outbreak in China and other countries.

If China was seeking the court’s approval to kill 20,000 people to stop further spread of the virus, the World Health Organization (WHO) would have reported it. There is no mention such a report on the website of World Health Organization (WHO).

Vishvas News Spoke to Shamim Zakira, Foreign Editor, Global Times, Beijing, China. He said: “This news is circulating online. and it is a hoax and an absolute case of fake news. Though the situation is grim, yet, life is slowing striding to normality. I must say, the government is accelerating all efforts to contain the spread. People should not spread such fake news.”

Vishvas News has earlier debunked fake and misleading posts related to coronavirus. These posts can be checked here.

Conclusion: Post claiming China seeks court’s approval to kill 20000 coronavirus patients is fake. The content has been taken from a website which is unreliable and has been publishing junk stories.

  • Claim Review : China seeks court's approval to kill 20000 coronavirus patients
  • Claimed By : FB Page: Science Facts
  • Fact Check : False
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