Free Drive-Through COVID-19 Testing Hoax Debunked!

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The free drive-through COVID-19 testing offer at Lake Gardens that has been circulating on social media today is FAKE. Here are the facts!

Free Drive-Through COVID-19 Testing Hoax Debunked!


Free Drive-Through COVID-19 Testing?

Fake messages about a free drive-through COVID-19 testing offer at the Lake Gardens have been circulating on social media today.

Here are two examples with the picture used (which we placed a False overlay) :

Drive through testing at Klinik Kesihatan Tanglin, near Lake Garden. You stay in your car and the doctors will come to the car to do the swabs.

Free for Malaysians. Only if u hv symptoms 👇🏻

Free Drive-Through COVID-19 Testing Hoax Debunked!

Starting today – Drive Through (Covid-19 Testing) Klinik Kesihatan Tanglin, at Lake Garden KL. Just stay in your car and doctors will do the swabs for everyone. Pls share out this informations. Free Consultation. (For those who have early symptoms.) ⛑⚠⚠⛑

The picture is genuine, but the messages are false. There is no such drive-through COVID-19 testing in Malaysia.


Free Drive-Through COVID-19 Testing Hoax Debunked!

The Malaysia Ministry of Health issued a public notice on their Facebook page, confirming that there is no such drive through facility for COVID-19 testing :

Berita palsu ini disebarkan oleh mereka yang tidak bertanggungjawab. Jadi, sebagai rakyat yang peka dan prihatin, mohon untuk anda tidak menyebarkan berita palsu seperti ini kepada orang lain.

Free Drive-Through COVID-19 Testing Hoax Debunked!

Here is our English translation :

This fake news is being spread by irresponsible parties. As sensible and responsible citizens, please do not spread fake news like this.

From what we understand (thanks, Ravi!), the tents in the picture were set-up last Saturday (7 March 2020) to facilitate the testing of lawyers who attended the Kuala Lumpur Bar AGM, after one of their members tested positive for the COVID-19 coronavirus.


COVID-19 : How To Keep Safe!

Here are a few simple steps to stay safe from COVID-19 :

  • Avoid suspected cases or disease hotpots, like hospitals, if possible!
  • Keep our hands clean with soap or hand sanitiser
  • Keep our home, office, vehicles, etc. clean
  • If you need to wear a surgical mask, make sure you put it on and remove it properly!
  • Thoroughly cook your food, and boil water before drinking

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