The Two Cases Of Coronavirus In Ghana Proved Negative – Viral Video
The video is not new. It was part of a news item published by Citi TV on February 6, 2020, when two suspected cases tested negative.
The Minister of Health, Mr Kwaku Agyemang-Manu announced Ghana’s index COVID-19 cases yesterday March 12, 2020, at a press briefing. He stated that the two confirmed cases are imported from Norway and Turkey.
A day after this, a viral video started circulating on social media. It carries the logo of a television station in Accra, Citi TV. In the video which shows an interview with the media, Dr Daniel Asare, the Chief Executive Officer of the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital, is heard saying the two suspected cases of coronavirus both tested negative.
News portals such as occupygh.com and Opera News have proceeded to make news items on 13th March 2020 disproving the two cases which were confirmed by the Mr Agyemang-Manu yesterday based on the viral video.
Citi TV has in a publication, clarified that the video is dated. It was an interview conducted over a month ago.
“The video in circulation is from an interview conducted on February 6, 2020, when the first two suspected cases were tested and proved negative,” a statement from Citi TV reads.
DUBAWA’s checks show the video was part of a news item by the media organisation which was published on 6 February 2020, when two previous suspected cases of the coronavirus in Ghana tested negative.
Citi TV has asked for the video to be disregarded, as it is misinforming the public on the two current confirmed cases in the country. Citi TV added that they have not had an interview with Dr Daniel Asare since the Minister of Health confirmed the two cases on 12 March 2020.