Earlier today, reports of how Chinese government is seeking approval to kill 20,000 coronavirus patients went viral, this prompted a fact check on the claim.
Is China seeking approval to kill 20,000 Coronavirus patients?
This claim is false, and was published by a fake news website, no credible media house has reported this.
On Feb. 5, 2020, the website AB-TC (aka City News) published an article that claimed Chinese officials were seeking approval from the Supreme People’s Court to start the mass killing of 20,000 people infected with the new coronavirus in an attempt to contain the disease. The site wrote;
“China seek for court’s approval to kill the over 20,000 coronavirus patients to avoid further spread of the virus.
The highest level of court in Chhina [sic], Supreme People’s Court, is expected to give an approval on Friday for the mass killing of coronavirus patients in China as sure means of controlling the spread of the deadly virus.
The State tells the court that China is on the verge of losing its health workers to Coronavirus as at least 20 health workers contract the virus daily.”
This fake news is damaging at the time the world is dealing with such health emergency, and the motive behind such is largely unknown.
Many people have shared this fake news on their Facebook and Twitter pages, showing the importance for people to verify news reports before sharing.