NewsMobile Debunks Fake News: Trending Fact Checks Amid Omicron Spread

The highly transmissible Omicron variant has resulted in the third wave of coronavirus pandemic globally.
India observed over 2.6 lakh COVID-19 cases in a day with a total positivity rate of 14.78%.

Amid the rise of COVID-19 numbers, there is also a rampant rise in the fake news associated with the virus and its vaccination.

Here are some of the fake news that NewsMobile has debunked for you:

Fact Check 1: An image of a billboard with New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s photo went viral on social media claiming that people who don’t take their COVID-19 vaccine will not be eligible for jobs in the country.

Fact: We found that the viral image was morphed. The original image was uploaded on ‘New Zealand Elections Ads’ which “functions as an archive for students, researchers, and the public, allowing easy access to election ads so you can analyse them for your research.”

Fact Check 2: An image of a news clipping was shared widely on social media with the caption “Pfizer Scientists Warn Weekly Vaccinations May Be Needed For Omicron Variant COVID-19 To Prevent Lockdown.”

Fact: The viral post was from a satirical website and has gone viral claiming that Pfizer scientists have asked to get vaccinated weekly against COVID-19.

Fact Check 3: American actress and comedian Betty Marion White Ludden had taken a COVID-19 booster shot days before she passed away.

Fact: Betty White’s agent denied the claim of her receiving the COVID-19 booster shot.

Fact Check 4: Microsoft created a video game named ‘Omicron’ in 1999.

Fact: We found that a video game titled ‘Omikron: The Nomad Soul‘ was created by a French video games developer Quantic Dream. The game is spelt as Omikron and not Omicron. Also, Microsoft did not invent any video game by the name Omicron.

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