Washington debunks Hoax Message about Coronavirus & Martial law
Debunks Hoax Message telling Americans to stockpile
Americans have been bombarded with fake messages stating that President Donald Trump will declare martial law in days. The government had to intervene to prevent a wave of panic.
(RT-USA News) The seemingly unstoppable spread of coronavirus has already led the government to declare a national emergency over the deadly disease that has so far claimed 41 lives nationwide, and infected more than 1,600 people across the country, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
However, certain unsavory characters apparently decided to exploit the already tense situation to stoke more fear in the hearts of Americans and provoke real panic. People across the US received text messages claiming the president is about to impose martial law in a day or two, while urging people to stockpile supplies. This comes as many shops have already reportedly run out of toilet paper among other things.
FILE PHOTO: Nearly empty shelves are seen at a department store in Washington, DC, on March 15, 2020. © Reuters / Gavino Garay
It is getting difficult to find toilet paper. pic.twitter.com/6KB4DpeZBr
— REY-SISTA💭2️⃣3️⃣1️⃣days🌊🌊🏴☠️ (@counttillbiden) March 16, 2020
Say hello to the bad guy! Hahaha
The messages, citing insider information from “military friends up in DC,” and warning of nothing less than a “two week mandatory quarantine for the nation,” fell on fertile ground. It immediately became a hot topic on social media as people posted thousands of messages on the topic.
Some rushed to break the “bad news” or to wonder if anyone else received the disturbing message. Others said that many of their friends forwarded the messages to them.
More attentive readers noticed, however, that the messages, which were fake, referred to Trump’s plan to invoke the Stafford Act as the reason for claiming martial law is coming.
In fact, the president already invoked the law two days ago when he declared a national emergency. The government unlocked additional powers and funding for disaster response and involved the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in the fight against coronavirus – but nothing close to martial law was imposed.
Still, the impact of the hoax apparently reached such proportions that the National Security Council decided it was time to intervene, posting a statement on Twitter saying the text message rumors were fake.
— NSC (@WHNSC) March 16, 2020
However, this was not enough to convince everyone that there is no possibility of martial law being imposed in a week or two.
I hope this isn’t one of those government things where you say there is no quarantine “as of now” and then end up announcing one next week
— Michael Coudrey (@MichaelCoudrey) March 16, 2020
Also from RT
The US Health and Human Services Department’s computer system was reportedly hacked on Sunday night, with the National Security Council needing to step in and warn that news of a mass quarantine was fake news.
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