COVID-19: Fake News ‘Almost Made me Take my Life’ – Ikuenobe

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Days after Nigeria recorded its first positive coronavirus case, a story went viral on social media.

It claimed the taxi driver who had picked up the patient was demanding money not to spread the disease, sparking outrage among Nigerians.

The story was fake, but the impact on Jude Ikuenobe, the man whose photo was used in the post, has been very real. He lamented the stigma, saying he got close to taking his life as he no longer feels safe going out alone.

He also decried being sent stinkers and death threats from Nigerians who actually bought the story of him supposedly spreading the disease.

His story is just one example of dozens of pieces of misinformation that have spread across Nigeria since the coronavirus outbreak.

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