We will arrest anyone spreading fake news on Coronavirus — CS Mutahi Kagwe

By Vincent Kejitan | Saturday, Mar 14th 2020 at 13:44
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Health CS Mutahi Kagwe on Saturday stated that the government will arrest anyone spreading false information about the virus.

Speaking to KTN News reporter Grace Kuria, Kagwe said this was not the time to create false alarm over Coronavirus.

“We will arrest anyone spreading false information. This is an offense that is punishable by law,” he said.

This comes after a video of a woman claiming to be the one who was said to have the virus surfaced online.

In the video, the woman says that she does not have the virus and claims that she flew to Kitale on a private jet.

We could not verify the authenticity of the video but it is believed that authorities are looking for her.

Elsewhere, Kenya Airways refuted claims that the lady who tested positive for Coronavirus was aboard one of their planes.

This is after one Twitter user claimed that the woman had boarded a KQ flight.

“The passenger was not on board any of our services. Do use social media responsibly & refrain from sharing false or unverified information that may cause unnecessary panic,” said the national carrier.

On Friday, Kagwe lauded the lady who tested positive for the virus saying it was very responsible of her to take herself to hospital.

The CS also assured Kenyans that she had given a list of the people she had interacted with and those who were around her in the plane had been traced.

"We really want to thank this lady because the moment she felt slightly unwell, she took herself to hospital.

“She also gave a list of all the people she was in contact with since arriving, as well as their contacts, We have a response team that is tracking down all those people including all the passengers who were in her flight,” said the CS.

Adding: “They will be monitored for 14 days and subjected to quarantine and quarantine is not a request it is a must - if you do not self-quarantine, we will have to take you to a controlled facility.”

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