By Blessing Mabunda
On Friday, the community of Giyani was engulfed by fear and panic caused by an audio clip doing the rounds on social media, spreading fake news, which plunged the rural community into an unnecessary state of anxiety.
The audio clip claims that a Zimbabwean national is quarantined at Nkhesani hospital after testing positive for COVID-19. The clip further claims that dozen of patients admitted at the hospital were moved to a single ward to prevent them from contracting the deadly disease.
Limpopo MEC for Health spokesperson, Thilivhali Muavha rubbished the audio clip and said it’s not authentic. “There is no such, anything that’s related to COVID-19 cases will be communicated officially like we do on our media platforms,” he said.
Meanwhile, on Saturday, which is day 2 of countrywide lock down saw Giyani SAPS going out in full force to enforce the Regulations of the national lockdown. Taxis and buses were prevented from entering Giyani town. One of the commuters confirmed to Giyani View that police forced them off a taxi at Kremetart, Giyani.
At Makhuva village, the police stopped a group of people from harvesting mopani worms. There was hightened police visibility in the area following news of a confirmed COVID-19 case in Tzaneen Ka-N’wamitwa.