Singapore warns against fake news as cases crosses 15,000

Updated: Apr 30, 2020, 08:52 IST | Agencies | Singapore

Hundreds of thousands of foreign workers have been barred from leaving their cramped dormitories to curb the spread of COVID-19, according to a Channel News Asia report on Wednesday

Labourers queue for free iftar food in Rawalpindi. Pakistan cases stands at 14,885 and death toll at 327 on Wednesday. Pic/AFP
Labourers queue for free iftar food in Rawalpindi. Pakistan cases stands at 14,885 and death toll at 327 on Wednesday. Pic/AFP

As 690 new COVID-19 cases were reported on Wednesday, Singapore warned against spreading fake news and videos about migrant workers, saying this could disturb the law and order situation in dormitories where a large number of foreign workers have tested positive. A total of 15,641 people, including 12,183 migrant workers, have contracted the virus in the city-state so far.

Law and Home Affairs Minister K Shanmugam warned that such videos can lead to serious law and order incidents. He said the authorities are watching individuals who spread the videos "very carefully". Warning those spreading fake news maliciously, he said, they will be charged if a crime was committed. Hundreds of thousands of foreign workers have been barred from leaving their cramped dormitories to curb the spread of COVID-19, according to a Channel News Asia report on Wednesday.

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