True: A WhatsApp rumour claims that Elsie Kibue a Kenyan national was falsely portrayed as a Ugandan National who died of COVID-19

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May 13 2020

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True: A WhatsApp rumour claims that Elsie Kibue a Kenyan national was falsely portrayed as a Ugandan National who died of COVID-19

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A video by BBC News supports the claim that fake news was being circulated that Kenyan women died due to COVID-19.

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A video by BBC News supports the claim that fake news was being circulated that Kenyan women died due to COVID-19.Elsie Kibue's picture is being circulated on WhatsApp claiming that she was a Ugandan national who had died due to coronavirus. In truth, she is a Kenyan national who lives in the United Kingdom. She clarifies this in a video published by the BBC. She said that the photo used in the post was taken when she was volunteering at the London 2012 Olympic games at the Trafalgar Square. Elise Kibue also said that people should stop circulating false messages as it affects personal life. She cautions that this could easily happen to anyone else as well. The COVID-19 pandemic has given rise to a lot of potentially dangerous misinformation. For reliable advice on COVID-19 including symptoms, prevention and available treatment, please refer to the World Health Organisation or your national healthcare authority.

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