A photo of paramedics entering Oasis Mall wearing full-body suits circulated on social media raising rumours of a possible closure due to the Coronavirus outbreak.
Viral photo of paramedics entering Oasis Mall wearing full-body suits
As fears over Coronavirus spread, rumours and fake news circulate too. Someone clicked a series of photos of paramedics entering Oasis Mall on Sheikh Zayed Road wearing hazmat suits, sending social media in a spiral raising concerns of closures and what could probably be a Coronavirous outbreak.
Oasis Mall quashes closure rumours
Recently, the mall operators dispelled rumours claiming the paramedics entered the centre due to a medical emergency “by mistake” and the viral photos “were wrongly propagated to create unwarranted confusion and speculation.” They told Gulf News:
“On March 9, paramedics were alerted of a medical emergency near Al Qouz, and the caller cited Oasis Mall for location reference. The paramedics, doing their duty, arrived at the mall by mistake and promptly left after ascertaining the right location. Their photographs were wrongly propagated to create unwarranted confusion and speculation.”
“We reiterate that no case has been reported at Oasis mall. All precautionary and safety measures have been taken in line with the UAE Ministry of Health and the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) standards to ensure the safety and wellness of all, including strengthening awareness among our tenants, staff and visitors. For more information or inquiries regarding the incident, kindly contact the Dubai Health Authority and/or Dubai Police.”Oasis Mall
Photograph credit: Oasis Mall
Spreading fake news can get you in deep trouble in the UAE, with hefty fines. Residents are advised to verify news before sending them.
(Featured photograph credit: Landmark Group)