The woman in the viral video whose remarks have been taken by a section of Kenyans to mean there is no coronavirus in the country could be arrested.
On Saturday, March 14, the Health Chief Administrative Secretary Mercy Mwangangi told the press the video has been forwarded to the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) to investigate the matter and possibly charge those involved.
“The videos circulating on social media are based on false information aimed at misinforming and causing unnecessary panic to the public,” said Mwangangi.
“The fake and alarming videos have been forwarded to the DCI for investigations, arrest and prosecution of such individuals.”
Government Spokesperson Cyrus Oguna also cleared the air the patient who is currently in isolation at the Kenyatta National Hospital was not the one in the video.
Did the govt lie to us about the virus?
— sir-rap-alot (@OsamaOtero) March 14, 2020
In the viral video, the woman identified as Jennifer Chirchir said she did not have coronavirus after she reportedly saw her photos circulating on social media.
“My name is Jane and I’m just here to say something. I don’t have any coronavirus. I’m okay. I am kissing my baby here, stop with all the propaganda. We don’t have any coronavirus. I recently travelled to Kitale, Eldoret, Keiyo back to Kitale and flew to Nairobi via Safarilink.
We don’t have corona, we were screened on arrival. We were tested and we are good,” she said in the video that elicited mixed reactions.
The video elicited mixed reactions as some of the netizens claimed the woman’s remarks were a pointer that the government was lying about Friday’s announcement that coronavirus was in the country.
Following the confirmation of a case of #COVID-19 in the country yesterday, the Ministry of Health has traced 22 close contacts who have been quarantined at KNH Isolation Unit at Mbagathi. #covid19kenya @KNH_hospital @PDUDelivery @Amref_Kenya @SpokespersonGoK @WHOKenya @CDCKenya pic.twitter.com/4wi0LpKFuX
— Ministry of Health (@MOH_Kenya) March 14, 2020
A number of netizens blasted Chirchir saying she was out to gain popularity given the government, during the announcement of the first case, did not give the name of the patient.
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