A WhatsApp message which has been forwarded many times claimed that a dead COVID-19 patient was found alive just before the burial. The Ministry of Health has debunked the viral message as fake news.
According to the Communication and Multimedia Ministry’s Quick Response Team, there was no such incident occurred. They urged the public not to believe such fabrications and stop spreading information that could cause confusion and anxiety among the community.
The Ministry of Health has also shared the purported viral WhatsApp message on their Facebook page. The story claimed that the COVID-19 patient was confirmed dead and was sent to the mortuary. After the body was transferred to the burial site, the message claimed that the family members noticed his hands and legs were moving and eyes open. The purported “resurrected” patient was then rushed back to the hospital after doctors and nurses examined him at the burial site.
Creating and sharing fake news about COVID-19 and COVID-19 vaccines is a serious offense and individuals can be fined up to RM100,000. Recently a man was charged in court for posting a story about a policeman that had died after taking his second vaccine shot on Facebook in April.