GEORGE TOWN: The Penang Health Department has dismissed as fake news two viral messages, one on the sale of the Sinovac Covid-19 vaccine in Butterworth and the other regarding imposition of the enhanced movement control order (MCO) in the state.
The department said in a statement on Friday (Aug 6) that the messages being forwarded via WhatsApp are not true.
One claims that those living in Butterworth and Bukit Mertajam who wish to get the Sinovac vaccine for RM225 can do so by contacting a particular number.
"The other forwarded message on social media, that the Jelutong, Perak Road and Sungai Pinang areas on the island will be under enhanced MCO, is fake as well," the statement read.
"We assert that the messages that have been forwarded are untrue.
"The public is advised not to spread news which can cause confusion and unrest in the community," it added.
The fake news reportedly had been circulating widely and causing some anxiety among Penangites.