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FALSE: Photo of COVID-19 positive child going to PGH alone

FALSE: Photo of COVID-19 positive child going to PGH alone
The photo was taken in Vietnam, not in the Philippines
At a glance
  • Claim: A photo shows a COVID-19-positive five-year-old girl going to the Philippine General Hospital alone.
  • Rating: FALSE
  • The facts: A reverse image search shows that the photo was taken in Vietnam.
  • Why we fact-checked this: The photo has been circulating on social media. As of writing, it has been shared over 41,000 times and has garnered more than 49,000 reactions and 13 comments. Facebook flagged the photo for verification.
Complete details

A post circulating on social media falsely claims that a photo shows a five-year-old girl boarding an ambulance on her own to go to the Philippine General Hospital (PGH) because sihe is COVID-19 positive.

The photo was uploaded on August 12. As of writing, it has been shared over 41,000 times and has garnered more than 49,000 reactions and 13 comments. Facebook flagged the photo for verification.

This is false. 

A reverse image search shows that the photo was not taken in the Philippines but in Binh Chanh, an urban district in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. 

The photo was first published on June 25, 2021, in both the website and Facebook page of The Smart Local Vietnam, a news and media website. 

According to The Smart Local Vietnam, the little girl was on her way to the Trung Vuong Hospital after her parents tested positive for COVID-19. The girl then stayed with her grandmother, who later also got the virus.

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FALSE: Photo of COVID-19 positive child going to PGH alone

JD Moncada is a graduate of Rappler’s fact-checking mentorship program, a five-week exclusive and hands-on training on detecting, investigating, and verifying online misinformation and disinformation.

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