Tuesday 29 September, 2020

Suspected COVID-19 patient list is fake, says TTPS

An alleged list of suspected COVID-19 patients making the rounds on social media is false.

The Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS) debunked the “master list” which includes the names and addresses of citizens who have purportedly refused to comply with established protocols by health officials in relation to contact tracing.

The TTPS in a brief statement on Wednesday indicated that the supposed information contained in the list is false.

It said there is no such list in existence and warned the public against posting fake information.

The TTPS urged citizens to be cautious about information sourced from social media, as it said sharing false information can lead to the spread of unnecessary panic and anxiety.

Citizens are reminded that they can face a fine or imprisonment for sharing fake news.

The Summary Offences Act Chapter 11:02 states:

Any person who— (a) sends any message by telephone which is grossly offensive or of an indecent, obscene, or menacing character; or

(b) sends any message by telephone, or any telegram, which he knows to be false, for the purpose of causing annoyance, inconvenience or needless anxiety to any other person; or

(c) persistently makes telephone calls without reasonable cause and for any such purpose as mentioned above, is liable on summary conviction to a fine of two hundred dollars or to imprisonment for one month.

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