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Coronavirus in UAE: No, pesticides will not be sprayed from the sky

WAM/Abu Dhabi
Filed on March 19, 2020 | Last updated on March 19, 2020 at 05.16 am
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Those who spread fake news will be penalised.

The National Emergency Crisis and Disaster Management Authority, NCEMA, has denied all allegations and rumours spread via social networking sites surrounding the spraying of pesticides in UAE skies as a precautionary measure to combat COVID-19.

In a statement, NCEMA called on the public to obtain information and news from official sources and relevant authorities, and to avoid the sharing of misinformation and rumours. It added that individuals or bodies that instigate or further propagate the spread of misinformation will be pursued and legal action will be taken against them.

Earlier this week, the UAE Attorney-General warned people against circulating false information and rumours about the spread of the Covid-19 coronavirus on social media.

At a media briefing in Abu Dhabi on Tuesday, Dr Hamad Al Shamsi asked the public to stop sharing videos showing families stocking food and other grocery products, stressing that it was creating unnecessary fear and panic among residents.

Dr Al Shamsi said the UAE has taken necessary precautionary measures to contain the spread of Covid-19 and people who spread rumours about the virus on social media deliberately or out of ignorance by re-sharing false information, will face legal action including jail.

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