Fake news and conspiracies around the Covid-19 pandemic have seen a spike since the announcement of the discovery of the new Omicron variant.

Projects Director at the Centre for Analytics and Behavioural Change, Stuart Jones says news about new variants always seem to lead to a sudden rise in anti-vaccination sentiments.

Stuart says their latest research also shows that a lot of people now question the effectiveness of the currently available Covid-19 vaccines.

Read the latest Vaccine Disinformation weekly report here.

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Premier Alan Winde has condemned the amount of fake news that has been circulating on social media, about apparent looting and violent protests here in the Mother City.

He urges residents to refrain from creating and circulating these fakes stories and says that, to date, no incidences of protests or looting have taken place here.

Winde says law-enforcement agencies are on high-alert and will react when their services are needed.

Access the full briefing here.

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