- TV anchor Leanne Manas has been slammed for not mentioning in her tweet that the three South African doctors who have tested positive for coronavirus had travelled overseas
- Social media users accused her of spreading misinformation
- Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize said the doctors were infected with the disease while travelling overseas
TV and media personality Leanne Manas has been slammed for spreading inaccurate information about the spread of the coronavirus in South Africa.
Leanne, who is famous for hosting SABC TV show Morning Live, took to social media on Wednesday and posted that three medical practitioners have tested positive for the coronavirus in the country.
"3 medical practitioners have tested positive in SA for #CoronavirusInSa."
Social media users with knowledge of what Leanne was talking about were quick to correct her statement about the infected doctors.
Some people thought she had deliberately left out that the three practitioners had contracted the disease while on private travels abroad.
"Please let's practice responsible reporting. It is very important to highlight that they contracted the virus during their private travels abroad and not from treating patients!!"
Another user @baymath wrote:
"You should not have left out a key piece of information from Dr Mkhize, which is that none of these three cases are local transmissions. That's very important to note."
@tessie18 also corrected Leanne.
"The context is that none of them have been infected through transmission from patients but through travel."
@KatlehoOnline had to undo his retweet of Leanne's tweet after getting the full story.
"I had to undo retweet after getting the full story. Don't wanna cause false alarm."
Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize, in an exclusive interview with SABC on Wednesday morning, said the three doctors who had travelled overseas have been infected with the virus, according to News24.
Briefly.co.za previously reported that Mkhize has announced that there were now 709 confirmed cases of Covid-19 in the country.
He highlighted the importance of the looming 21-day lockdown, saying that the tendency has changed from imported cases to local transmission.
Mkhize listed the Free State as an example, adding that the province had moved from five cases to 30, due to local spread of the virus.
The minister also acknowledged that the government was putting effort into reducing the time it takes to test for the virus.
The 21-day lockdown will come into effect on Thursday midnight until April 16.
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