By Bernd Debusmann Jr
Authorities are warning that those spreading unverified reports are liable to legal repercussions
The Department of Health-Abu Dhabi has slammed “untrue” rumours being spread concerning then number of people infected with coronavirus in the UAE, according to the country’s state-run WAM news agency.
“These reports contradict with the announcements made by the official authorities,” the department said in a statement.
It is unclear what reports the Department of Health-Abu Dhabi is referring to.
The statement also called on members of the public to refer to official sources for updates on statistics related to the coronavirus pandemic in the UAE.
It also added that those found to be responsible for spreading rumours will be held legally accountable.
Since the Covid-19 outbreak began in the UAE, authorities have repeatedly had to deny unverified reports about the number of people diagnosed with Covid-19 in the country.
As far back as late February, for example, Abu Dhabi’s Department of Health was forced to dismiss an untrue rumour that a local coronavirus outbreak had occurred in a residential compound in Abu Dhabi.
“The Ministry of Health and Prevention is the official source of information on Covid-19 in the UAE,” the department said at the time.
As of Monday, March 30, there had been 611 confirmed cases of coronavirus in the UAE, including 5 deaths and 61 recoveries.