Fact Check: No, test swabs are not infected with coronavirus

Fact Check: No, test swabs are not infected with coronavirus

- The latest far-fetched claim in the chaos that is the coronavirus pandemic has been detailed in a video that has gone viral

- In it, a man warns citizens against allowing themselves to be tested for the virus, claiming that swabs are contaminated with Covid-19

- Briefly.co.za explores this claim to determine if there is any truth to it

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A South African man has gone viral after posting a video to social media claiming that coronavirus tests can actually infect you with the virus.

During the video, the unknown citizen claims that the swabs used to test for the virus are infected

"Do not under any circumstances allow them to test you. There's a possibility that the swabs are contaminated with Covid-19."

The man then goes on to claim the swabs were being used to 'spread' Covid-19 on a global scale without offering up any further explanation or proof to back this allegation up.

READ ALSO: Coronavirus: Spreading fake news now holds prison sentence, fine

Coincidentally, the same man also claims that the coronavirus is a 'total lie' along with other eyebrow-raising allegations.

News24 spoke to provincial spokesperson Sizwe Kupelo, who predictably denounced these flimsy claims as false

"We would like to put it on record that the testing kits are not contaminated and emphasise that we would never put people's lives at risk by using contaminated testing kits on them. We condemn the viral video which is spreading fake news and hope that law enforcement agencies will follow up on the video, and possibly arrest the man for spreading the malicious message."

Briefly.co.za reported that one of the government-imposed regulations amid the crisis response was to criminalise the spread of fake information on the virus.

With this man facing potential jail-time for his attention-seeking clip, it comes as no surprise that efforts to approach him for comment were largely unsuccessful.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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