COVID-19: Messages online that Singapore will go into lockdown, DORSCON Red are untrue, says Government

COVID-19: Messages online that Singapore will go into lockdown, DORSCON Red are untrue, says Government

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People are seen wearing protective face masks at Orchard Road, Singapore on Mar 11. (Photo: Gaya Chandramohan)

SINGAPORE: Messages circulating online that Singapore will go into lockdown, that the Disease Outbreak Response System Condition (DORSCON) level will be raised to red and transport systems will be halted are untrue, said the Singapore Government on Thursday (Mar 26).

According to a WhatsApp message by Gov.sg, there are rumours circulating online that Singapore will "go to DORSCON Red", "will go into a lockdown" and that "bus and MRT services will reduce or stop". 

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"These are all untrue. Please do not spread unverified information," the Government message read.

The WhatsApp message also reminded people to check official sources or sign up to the Gov.sg WhatsApp for updates on COVID-19.

Speaking to CNA on Thursday, Minister for Communication and Information S Iswaran reiterated that the rumours are untrue.

"We are aware that there is false information that is being purveyed on various platforms - that we are going to declare DORSCON Red, that (the) Government is going to go into a lockdown mode, that we're going to scale back the bus and MRT services," he said. "All of this is completely untrue." 

"Such false information is completely irresponsible, and it just serves to raise the level of anxiety, and cause fear and panic in our population," said Mr Iswaran. 

"We hope that everyone will exercise prudence in sharing of information and verify the source and truthfulness of it before they share it with their loved ones and friends."

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Source: CNA/lk/dl(mi/hm)

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