11 Jan, 2021 @ 15:00
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DON’T BELIEVE THE HYPE: Whatsapp message warning of imminent lockdown in the Valencia region is a hoax

WHATSAPP users throughout the Valencia region have warned of a fake message going around concerning a total lockdown to be enforced imminently by the Generalitat.

According to people who received it, the hoax claims that the autonomous government is planning to hold a meeting to discuss the ‘out-of-control’ rate of new COVID-19 infections and the approval of an emergency decree ordering a ‘widespread domestic confinement’.

The unauthorised message goes on to say that the media have received the story ready for publication, and that it has been verified by the Generalitat.

This has forced spokespeople for the regional government to issue an official statement denying the information and describing it as ‘categorically false’.

The panic caused by the shared file is not unfounded, as last Friday the regional president himself went on air to state that the idea of a total lockdown ‘cannot be ruled out’ as there are ‘very hard times ahead’.

However, the measure has not yet been announced or approved.

The authorities once again urge social media users to always check and contrast any official-looking news or announcements with authorised sources, given how easy they are to forge.

Glenn Wickman

Glenn is a trained and experienced journalist, having obtained a BA Hons degree in Journalism and Communication Studies with Spanish from Middlesex University (London) in 2001.
Since then he has worked on several English-language newspapers in Alicante Province, including 11 years at the Costa Blanca News.
He is trilingual in English, Spanish and Catalán/Valenciano, a qualified ELT teacher and translator with a passion for the written word.
After several years in Barcelona, Glenn has now returned to the Costa Blanca (Alicante), from where he will cover local stories as well as Valencia and Castellón/Costa Azahar.
Please drop him a line if you have any news that you think should be covered in either of these areas, he will gladly get in touch!

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