Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Meghalaya police have been keeping a close watch on fake news Credit: Representational image

Shillong: Amid the outbreak of COVID-19, several fake news items have been emerging and circulating on social media, forcing the Meghalaya police department to keep a close watch on such reports.

According to the police, two fake news reports regarding the coronavirus have been circulating through various social media platforms, whereby some users have been spreading and sharing these items without verifying them.

One of such news that is being circulated is: “Confirmed reports are suggesting that the virus may have entered our state and it will start showing itself in this coming week. Some patients in Nongpoh have started exhibiting all the Covid19 symptoms.”

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The other fake news revolves around an individual who “stayed in Bangalore with one person who was tested positive for COVID-19 and that the person has returned to Tura but the whereabouts are not known, police are searching for the individual.”

The police clarified that both the messages are fake and requested the public to refrain from circulating or sharing such messages, otherwise stringent action under the relevant provisions of law will be taken against them.

The police have also appealed everyone that if any information or message is being circulated through social media, they should verify it first with the official social media account of Meghalaya Police. They should not share any rumour or fake news as it will create unnecessary disorder or panic in the state,” the police added.

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