FALSE: ‘Photo’ of coronavirus-infected corpses in Wuhan


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FALSE: ‘Photo’ of coronavirus-infected corpses in Wuhan
The photo was taken in 2014, showing participants of an art project remembering Katzbach Nazi concentration camp victims

Claim: Corpses are scattered across a street in Wuhan, China after being infected with the novel coronavirus.

A Facebook user named Tommy Cantilado shared this post with the caption “Kakulba ba,” which translates to “This is nerve-wracking.”

Wuhan China. Sa kalsada [na lang] namamatay [‘yung] mga infected ng [coronavirus]. Nakakatakot…sana tumigil na ang [pagkalat ng coronavirus].. Sana [‘wag naman mangyare ‘to dito sa Pinas],” the text on top of the photo read.

(Wuhan, China. Those infected by the coronavirus just die on the street. It’s scary. Hopefully the coronavirus stops spreading. Hopefully this will not happen in the Philippines.)

The post was flagged by Facebook Claim Check, a monitoring tool that identifies potentially false posts spreading on social media.

As of writing, the post has been shared 930 times and has gotten 122 reactions and 139 comments.

Rating: FALSE

The facts: The photo was taken on March 24, 2014, depicting people who lied down on a pedestrian zone for an art project remembering the Katzbach Nazi concentration camp victims.

A reverse image search showed the photo on a South China Morning Post gallery, crediting the photo to Reuters. The original photo was taken by photographer Kai Pfaffenbach.

Reuters’ caption read: “People lay down in a pedestrian zone as part of an art project in remembrance of the 528 victims of the Katzbach Nazi concentration camp, in Frankfurt, March 24, 2014. The inmates of the Katzbach concentration camp, a part of the former Adler industrial factory, were forced into a death march to the concentration camps of Buchenwald and Dachau on March 24, 1945. Some 528 victims of Katzbach are buried at Frankfurt’s central cemetery.”

The false photo brings to mind a real instance in January when a dead man was found on an empty street in Wuhan.

To date, the coronavirus cases in China passed 70,000, with the death toll in mainland China rising to 1,765. – Loreben Tuquero/Rappler.com

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