FALSE: Don’t Believe the Video Showing Germs Coming out of Masks

Amidst the second wave of coronavirus in India, a deluge of online misinformation is causing extra damage to the efforts towards combating the pandemic.  In a recent addition to such misinformation is a video in which an unidentified man apparently shows how masks are contaminated with germs and worms and warns people not to wear […]

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Should Women Not Take Covid-19 Vaccine 5 Days Before and After their Periods? Here’s the truth

Starting from 1 May, everyone above 18 years of age will be eligible for the Covid-19 vaccine in India. But a viral message on social media may put off many from taking the vaccine.  Cautioning about the potential vaccine complications, the message warns women not to take the vaccine five days before and after their […]

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Bill Gates did not say that people will die after taking the COVID-19 vaccine

Social media is flooded with misinformation related to the fatalities andside-effects suspected to be linked to COVID-19 vaccines. Amid this, several posts on social media claims that Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates has said in an interview to CNBC that 7 lakh people will face death or disability after taking the vaccines. This message is going […]

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FACT CHECK – Were the PCR records of a deceased Muslim woman from Ratmalana changed, in order to accommodate her burial

During the first wave of the novel Coronavirus spread in Sri Lanka, health authorities decided that all dead bodies infected with Covid-19 should be cremated. In fact, there has been a lot of talk recently around the topic of burying or cremating Covid-19 infected corpses. While the government has not yet given an official permission […]

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FACT CHECK: Viral fake statements about COVID-19 attributed to US President Donald Trump

USA President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump had tested positive for COVID19 in early October. However, they returned to the White House after having spent only a handful of days at the military hospital. The images of President Trump staging a dramatic return and appearing without a facemask went also went viral. Thus, […]

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Coronavirus infected 119 people have not gone missing in Gampaha

The number of COVID-19 patients identified by the Divulapitiya-Minuwangoda cluster in Gampaha district has now crossed over 1400 mark. Various social media reports have emerged on the prevailing situation in the country. One of the key talking points has been the whereabouts of Minuwangoda garment factory workers and their close associates. In this context, we […]

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Cinnamon Red has been closed for public since it was turned into an isolation center to facilitate seafaring operations

Sri Lanka has managed to control the spread of Covid-19 pandemic so far. All the patients reported recently have been limited to foreign repatriates and foreign nationals returning to the island, and the country is laboriously crawling back to normalcy. In this background, a viral post claimed that Covid-19 patients would have been identified at […]

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Covid-19 Sensor Has Not Been Inserted Into Your Mobile Phone… Here’s The Truth!

People tend to share fake social media forwards and from time to time the same message gets circulated among many thousands of people – sometimes more. Often these messages are spread via messenger platforms like Facebook’s Messenger, WhatsApp and Viber. Recently, a similar message being spread on WhatsApp caught our attention. The message, which stated […]

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Wedding pre-shoot images of couple shared as COVID19 patient proposing to his doctor

While the battle against COVID-19 pandemic rages on in many parts of the world, countries have considered partially relaxing lockdown measures. In Sri Lanka, the newly identified COVID-19 patients are mainly from 2 groups, the Sri Lanka Navy and the repatriated citizens. However, no patients have been identified out of these two groups for over […]

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