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Stop the spread of misinformation on COVID-19, ZIPR

By Staff Reporter

Zimbabwe Institute of Public Relations (ZIPR) has urged fellow citizens to use social media responsibly in the sharing of information regarding COVID-19. This follows Statutory Instrument (S.I.) 83 of 2020 issued by the government regarding disorderly conduct during the lockdown period.

In a statement earlier this week, ZIPR President, Godfrey ‘Chief’ Koti said his organization supports the initiative to update the nation on COVID-19 situation in the country. Encourages sharing of information from verified sources such as World Health Organization (WHO) and the Government.

“The Zimbabwe Institute of Public Relations (ZIPR) supports the initiative to keep the public informed with facts about epidemic and encourages the sharing of information on social media.”

” We recommend sharing of information about COVID-19 from verified, reliable and trusted sources for updates such as WHO, the Ministry of Health and Child Care and other local , national and global organizations,” he said.

Koti added that people should evaluate message texts, audios and videos before thinking of forwarding them to other people.

“Think about the messages you receive. If in doubt, don’t forward them! First find out if they are true or false . Check for facts before forwarding any message( picture, audio, video, or text).

ZIPR’s calls follows a Statutory Instrument issued by the government which prosecute anyone found violating the gazetted measures. S.I. 83 of 2020 titled Public Health (COVID-19 Prevention, Containment and Treatment) (National Lockdown) Order, 2020 will be effective during the lockdown period.

Tendai Guvamombe