Manileños urged to stop spreading fake news on COVID-19

March 23, 2020
Isko Moreno

MANILA Mayor Isko Moreno has joined calls to stop spreading fake news and unverified information regarding COVID-19, saying it will only create unnecessary anxiety and even panic.

“Para maiwasan ang kalituhan tungkol sa coronavirus at ang walang saysay na pagpa-panic, iwasan nating pangunahan ang anunsiyo ng mga itinalaga ng pamahalaan. Iwasan din natin ang fake news at pagpapasa nito,” said Moreno, as he gave the assurance that the city government continues to fully function 24/7.

The mayor said disseminating unverified and fake information regarding the virus and actions on the situation will not help, adding that it would be better to listen only to announcements coming from government sources.

“Pakisuyo lang, limitahan natin ang ating mga sarili sa pagpapakalat ng mga impormasyon at mga panawagang hindi naman opisyal, lalupa’t hindi totoo,” he said,

Moreno pointed out that he only makes public announcements and updates based on verified information coming from the Department of Health and the Manila Health Department.

“Hintayin lagi ang anunsyo ng mga datos ng DOH. Kumuha ng impormasyon sa mga itinalaga ng pamahalaan na magbigay ng datos. Pag may info, sabihin ninyo sa tamang ahensiya kesa sa kapitbahay,” added Moreno, as he advised the public to get in touch with the DOH and MHD hotlines or directly with the mayor’s office should they have any vital information regarding the virus or those who may be affected by it.

Meanwhile, Moreno said misting operations and distribution of food items to the residents continue, as well as the additional rooms for the Manila Infectious Disease Center at the 10th tenth floor of the Sta. Ana Hospital that will accommodate suspected COVID-19 patients will be ready this week

He also urged Manila residents to fill out the health survey he launched in his Facebook account to determine the city’s health situation  so that those who may need swift medical attention will be immediately attended to.