Rochford District Council has condemned leaflets which have been delivered to some homes within the district claiming that the COVID-19 pandemic is a hoax.
The leaflets have been circulating which spread false information and rumours about the virus, and are encouraging people not to wear face coverings.
The council urges residents and businesses to go to: www.rochford.gov.uk/coronavirus for the latest accurate information about the virus. This includes links on where to go for trusted information – including gov.uk, Public Health England, the NHS and Essex County Council.
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Rochford District Council leader, Cllr Simon Wootton, said: “It is truly shocking that, in the midst of a global pandemic, we have leaflets circulating in the Rochford district which are spreading misinformation to our communities.
“I would urge our residents and businesses to only rely on trusted official sources of information, and we are issuing regular communication to our residents and businesses via our various channels.
“It is more important than ever that we remember the simple messages regarding ‘Hands, Face, Space’, in order to protect our neighbours, our loved ones, and those working on the frontline.”