Taiwan cracks down on fake news about China coronavirus

False reports allege coronavirus patients confirmed at certain hospitals

Taiwan News
Date: 2020/01/31
By: Matthew Strong, Taiwan News, Staff Writer

The CIB is cracking down on false rumors about coronavirus outbreaks.  (CNA photo)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The Criminal Investigation Bureau (CIB) has been looking at six suspects in the spreading of false rumors about the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) outbreak, reports said Friday (Jan. 31).

So far, Taiwan has confirmed nine cases of the virus, which has spread from the Chinese city of Wuhan around the world. Most of the patients were in stable condition, according to the health authorities.

China’s total of cases was approaching 10,000, with the official number of deaths exceeding 200.

One of the items posted in a Line group said a coronavirus patient had been transferred to a hospital in Yilan County, but the news proved to be false. The CIB questioned a suspect who admitted not having checked his sources, reports said.    [FULL  STORY]

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