Disinfo: The Ministry of Health of Belarus designated coronavirus a mental illness

Summary

The Ministry of Health of Belarus designated coronavirus a mental illness.

Disproof

Potentially harmful disinformation for public health about the coronavirus. No such decision was made by the Belarusian Ministry of Health.

In fact, this story was first published in a satirical outlet “Panorama” on the 18 July. At the end of each article, the editors publish a disclaimer stating that the whole story is a parody and information is fictitious.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 207
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 27/07/2020
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Belarus
  • Keywords: coronavirus, health

Disclaimer

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Disproof

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