Government Spokesperson Cyrus Oguna has dismissed claims of confirmed cases of Coronavirus in the country.
This come after a viral audio clip said to be from a press briefing confirming cases of the deadly virus in Kenya starting circulating.
In a press statement, the Col (Rtd) Oguna said that the audio clip doing rounds on social media platforms were fake and Kenyans should not pay attention to them.
“The government has noted with serious concern the spreading of fake news about COVID-19. One of the fake news is an audio clip doing rounds in digital and social media of a purported press briefing on COVID-19,” reads the statement.
Oguna said such news would only be communicated by the government and not by individuals.
He further described the act as a criminal offence and those involved risked been charged with impersonating government officials.
“As communictated earlier, the government has put in place measures to monitor and screen all passengers transiting through or originating from countries with reported outbreaks of COVID-19.”
The “fake and alarmist rumours” have been forwarded to the Cybercrime Unit at DCI for investigations, arrest and prosecution of the authors.