The following is a short SMS accessed by Timor-Leste’s Fact-Checker:
"Attention, corona disease has been detected in Dili, and is conducting health consultations at the Formosa Clinic. All must wear a mask. Now the patient is in the Formosa Clinic. Who wants to go to consult there, it's better to just move to another clinic. Don't risked your life because this disease is transmitted through the wind. From now on everyone wears a mask. "
After this information was circulated, finally there was an explanation from the Minister of Health of Timor-Leste and the World Health Organization (WHO) who carried out a joint investigation and the results were that the information being circulated was false because of the fact that this citizen from Vietnam traveled by boat shipping cargo on 12 February 2020 and arrived in Dili on 24 February 2020. This citizen is not affected by Corona Virus.
“MOH and WHO have jointly investigated the case. Based on this investigation, this is NOT a suspected case of COVID-19. This individual is from Vietnam and has travelled in a cargo ship on12 Feb, and arrived at Dili seaport on 24 Feb. The person has NO symptoms consistent with COVID-19. He is now under medical observation on the ship. Please disseminate accurate information to the public that there is currently NO coronavirus infection cases in Timor-Leste!.”