The rumor of the infected of the supermarket that went viral – Meios & Publicidade

It is a false story that circulates on social networks adapted to various locations in the country. In a supermarket someone has seen a person infected with the new coronavirus and decides to alert the authorities. When the police arrive at the scene, they close the establishment to identify customers. Instead of one person with covid-19, authorities will have found seven (or more) people with covid-19.

Lidl has been the supermarket most targeted by the rumor that, however, reaches other brands, such as Continente, Minipreço or Pingo Doce.

“Lidl Portugal confirms that the information is false and that the situation described did not occur in any of its stores,” said the official source of the company to M&P, who also mentions that he is collaborating with VOST Portugal – Association of Digital Volunteers in Situations Emergency in the clarification. “The denials have been made in cooperation with this association that is dedicated precisely to combat the misinformation that appears online and that, in a pandemic context, it is vital that it is clarified quickly to reassure the population”, describes the same source. VOST Portugal is part of the Covid-19 Digital Response Office in the Portuguese government, in contact with different authorities.

Another example, this time in the West zone and involving the Continent: “A health professional yesterday went to Continente das Caldas and found a patient who had tested positive with covid, then calls DGS and the police, they did the survey of people who were inside and realized that there were 30 more positive cases there ”, describes the user @ diipn04 on Twitter. Facing a post with these characteristics, VOST Portugal publicly asked the user to delete the post that disseminates the false story – a request that was not accepted for a post that got more than 11 thousand likes and three thousand retweets.


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