23-year-old arrested over fake Coronavirus information

The fake coronavirus post. Government has warned on sharing alarming posts that cause panic./COURTESY

Be careful with information you post on social media about Coronavirus.

A 23-year-old man has been arrested for propagating fake Coronavirus news.

Elijah Muthui Kitonyo was arrested in Mwingi on Sunday for publishing misleading and alarming information on the virus.

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“He will be charged for publishing false information that is calculated or results in panic contrary to section 23 of the Computer Misuse and Cyber Crimes Act 2018,” said the Directorate of Criminal Investigations.

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The DCI has urged the public to be responsible and desist from authoring, publishing or sharing unconfirmed information that may cause panic and anxiety.

Section 23 of the Computer Misuse and Cyber Crimes Act 2018 states ‘A person who knowingly publishes information that is false in print, broadcast, data or over a computer system, that is calculated or results in panic, chaos, or violence among citizen of the Republic, or which is likely to discredit the reputation of a person commits an offence and shall on conviction, be liable to a fine not exceeding five million shillings or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding ten years, or both.’

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So if you are not ready to spend time in prison or are not ready to pay a five million shillings fine ensure all that you post is factual, not hearsay.

So far, three coronavirus cases have been reported in the country. All the patients have been put in isolation at Kenyatta National Hospital

The government has screened all 27 people, who were in contact with the lady who was reported as the first case, and continues to monitor them.

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All the reported cases are not homegrown, the other two were of those who traveled with the first patient and were sitting next to her in the plane.

Measures taken by the government to mitigate the spread of the virus include closure of all learning institutions, suspension of foreign travel into the country, ban of all public gatherings and encourage employers, where possible, to allow employees to work from home