IMDA Statement on False Allegation About COVID-19 Transmission Via Post

Last updated: 02 April 2020

Published on: 28 March 2020

IMDA Statement on False Allegation About COVID-19 Transmission Via Post 

SINGAPORE – 28 March: The Infocomm Media Development Authority (“IMDA”) of Singapore is aware of an audio recording circulating through Whatsapp, allegedly attributed to a Malaysian infectious diseases specialist, claiming that COVID-19 is being spread through postal articles. The Malaysian infectious diseases specialist has since clarified that he did not make the recording. Relevant Malaysian authorities have similarly debunked the claims.

Additionally in Singapore, Dr Leong Hoe Nam, an infectious diseases specialist practising in Mount Elizabeth Novena Hospital, said: “Once the virus is exposed to the hot humid environment of Singapore, it will begin to rapidly break down. Even if someone deliberately sabotages the mail, the virus will never survive to reach your mailbox. The time it takes to post and for it to leave the sorting machine will kill it. Even if your mail is sealed with a kiss, the virus will die by the time it reaches your mailbox. Nonetheless, it is a good habit to wash your hands after handling any mail.”

Members of the public should rely on official channels such as the Ministry of Health’s official website (www.moh.gov.sg) and the Gov.sg WhatsApp (http://go.gov.sg/whatsapp) to get accurate and up-to-date information on the COVID-19 situation in Singapore.


ISSUED BY THE INFO-COMMUNICATIONS MEDIA DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY


About the Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA)

The Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA) leads Singapore’s digital transformation with infocomm media. To do this, IMDA will develop a dynamic digital economy and a cohesive digital society, driven by an exceptional infocomm media (ICM) ecosystem – by developing talent, strengthening business capabilities, and enhancing Singapore's ICM infrastructure. IMDA also regulates the telecommunications and media sectors to safeguard consumer interests while fostering a pro-business environment, and enhances Singapore’s data protection regime through the Personal Data Protection Commission. 

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For media clarifications, please contact: 

TAN Yan Fang (Ms)
Assistant Manager, Communications and Marketing, IMDA
DID: (65) 6751 2703
Email: TAN_Yan_Fang@imda.gov.sg

CHUA Hian Hou (Mr)
Deputy Director, Communications and Marketing, IMDA
DID: (65) 6202 4956
Email: chua_hian_hou@imda.gov.sg