Simon Coveney criticises WhatsApp messages about lockdown that are spread ‘deliberately to cause panic’

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Simon Coveney has warned people to be careful about where they get their information from about the coronavirus outbreak and government measures, adding that false messages are being created “deliberately to cause panic”.

This comes after a second message about a military lockdown has gone viral in Ireland across the messaging service WhatsApp, which has stoked fear and panic among people.

The Tánaiste Simon Coveney and Defence Forces spokespeople have dismissed the ‘military lockdown’ messages as false and unhelpful. Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has also warned people to use official resources to get updates about the actions government would take to stop the spread of the Covid-19 coronavirus.

Varadkar tweeted;

-Noah Harte