Fake News: Video of people escaping from China to Vietnam to avoid the Wuhan virus.

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This video circulated online weeks before the novel coronavirus was first reported

AFP Hong KongFacebookTwitterEmail Published on Friday 21 February 2020 At 17:50

A video has been shared on Twitter, Facebook and YouTube alongside claims that it shows scores of people from China “escaping to” Vietnam in order to avoid the deadly coronavirus, which broke out in China’s Hubei province in December 2019. The claim is false; the same footage circulated online weeks before the coronavirus outbreak.

The video was published on Twitter here on February 20, 2020. The tweet has since garnered over 96,000 views.

The tweet’s caption reads: “The mass escape from China has begun through unpatrolled borders.

“Thousands of people have escaped to Vietnam from the ‘Guangxi’ border because of #coronavirus”.

Below is a screenshot of the tweet:

Several voices speaking Vietnamese are heard in the footage. The intelligible phrases translate to English as: “So many people; Too many crossed to us; Must be more than the 1,700 people coming the other day; They are smart this time; There are many more over there; That lady is running and shooting video.”

The footage was also shared alongside references to escaping the coronavirus on Twitter here, on Facebook here and here and on YouTube here.

The coronavirus has killed at least 2,118 people and infected

For more, click on this link: https://factcheck.afp.com/video-circulated-online-weeks-novel-coronavirus-was-first-reported

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