Misinformation: Masks ordered by Germany lost in Kenya

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March 25, 2020

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There was significant social media coverage in mid/late March 2020 about "loss" of face masks in Kenya. However, this was later debunked as fake news.

The common narrative was that: "A shipment of face masks, ordered by Germany to protect health workers battling the ongoing coronavirus outbreak, has mysteriously vanished in Kenya. It remains unclear whether the batch was stolen or simply misplaced."

The message circulated widely on social media, esp. Whatsapp, Facebook and Twitter which have been used in the past to spread misinformation. In response, the government provided its version to dispel public uproar.

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