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Foreign worker envoys help combat fake news on coronavirus

The Straits Times, Singapore, 8 March 2020 - Some panicked after mistaking the number of discharged coronavirus cases for the death toll. Others read reports that their home countries would be banning travellers from Singapore and tried to quit their jobs in a fluster.

With fake news spreading faster than the coronavirus itself among foreign workers, the Migrant Workers' Centre (MWC) has been relying on its network of volunteers, who are also workers themselves, to disseminate accurate information in a timely manner.

MWC executive director Bernard Menon recalled the flurry of calls from panicked Bangladeshi workers wanting to go home, after the 42nd coronavirus case, a 39-year-old Bangladeshi worker, was announced last month.

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Source: https://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/manpower/foreign-worker-envoys-help-combat-fake-news-on-virus

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