Fact Check: Italian Prime Minister never said country has lost control over COVID-19

Fact Check: Italian Prime Minister never said country has lost control over COVID-19

Italy continues to record high number of deaths from the coronavirus pandemic by the day.

The European country has now recorded 59,138 cases of the COVID-19 and 5,476 deaths so far.

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Data available indicate that the death toll from coronavirus outbreak in Italy has increased by 13.5%.

As the world continues to fight the spread of this virus, a photo of a man crying uncontrollably emerged on social media with claims that he was the Prime Minister of Italy.

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The photo was accompanied by a caption that read, “this is the Italian Prime Minister who could not control his tears over the rising death toll due to Covid-19 in his country”.

A website called The Daily Bihr also used the photo with claims that the Italian PM had lost all hopes in the fight against COVID-19.

But checks by YEN.com.gh indicate that the viral post and story are misleading because the man seen in the picture is not the Italian PM but rather Brazilian President, Jair Bolsonaro.

The photo was take in December 2019, when Bolsonaro got emotional while recollecting an incident during an official event.

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So YEN’s checks could not find any credible news report saying Italian PM Giuseppe Conte broke down over COVID-19 deaths in his country.

Therefore, we can say that the man seen crying in the viral picture is Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro and not Italian PM Giuseppe Conte.

YEN.com.gh earlier reported that one hundred and thirty-seven markets (137) in the Greater Accra Region would today, Monday, March 23, 2020, be disinfected as part of measures to control the spread of the coronavirus in Ghana.

According to a report by Citi News report, about 1,300 sprayers would be tasked to do this with 10 sprayers assigned to each market.

Chlorine Dioxide and Sodium Hypochloride would be used for the disinfection exercise which has seen the markets closed down.

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