In response to a fake message being circulated via WhatsApp, a mobile messaging platform, public transport operator SMRT posted a clarification on Facebook regarding this issue.
Ang Mo Kio MRT Station Was Not Closed
In a Facebook post by SMRT on Tuesday (Jul 27), the public transport operator (PTO) noted that there is a “fake message circulating via WhatsApp that suggests train service was skipping Ang Mo Kio station due to COVID-19 infections.”
“Ang Mo Kio station was not closed. We urge members of the public to stay vigilant and not spread false information,” the PTO added.
Similar Falsehoods Has Happened Before
In a Facebook post by the Ministry of Transport on Jan 28, 2020, the Ministry had noted that there had been rumours circulating online that Woodlands MRT station had been closed for disinfection due to a suspected case of COVID-19 being detected.
The Ministry clarified that the claim “is not true” and “Woodlands MRT was not closed on 28 Jan 2020; it was fully operational.”
How Can I Check For Accurate Information?
It is more beneficial to check and validate through official sources, rather than to read and spread incorrect information.
Here is a compilation of the many official information sources which you can check for accurate information regarding the COVID-19 situation.
1. Check directly with the Public Transport Operator (SMRT/SBS Transit)
|Official Information Source||SMRT||SBS Transit|
|Social Media Pages||SMRT – Facebook
SMRT Corporation – Twitter
|SBS Transit Ltd – Facebook
SBS Transit – Twitter
|Website & News Releases||Announcements & News Releases – SMRT Corporation||News/Press Releases – SBS Transit|
|Mobile Application (iOS/Google Play)||SMRTConnect – Apple App Store
SMRTConnect – Google Play Store
|SBS Transit – Apple App Store
SBS Transit – Google Play Store
2. Check directly with the Land Transport Authority (LTA)
|Official Information Source||Land Transport Authority (LTA)|
|Social Media Pages||Land Transport Authority – Facebook
LTA – Twitter
|Website & News Releases||Newsroom – LTA|
|Telegram Channel||@LTASingapore – Telegram|
|Mobile Application (iOS/Google Play)||MyTransport.SG – Apple App Store
MyTransport.SG – Google Play Store
3. Check directly with the Ministry of Health (MOH)
|Official Information Source||Ministry of Health (MOH)|
|Social Media Pages||Ministry of Health, Singapore – Facebook
Ministry of Health – Twitter
|Website & News Releases||News Highlights – MOH|
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“There is a fake message circulating via WhatsApp that suggests train service was skipping Ang Mo Kio station due to Covid-19 infections.” – SMRT/Facebook [Accessed 28 Jul 2021]
“MOT is aware of rumours circulating online that Woodlands MRT was closed for disinfection due to a suspected case of the Wuhan coronavirus infection.” – MOT/Facebook [Accessed 28 Jul 2021]
“We have come across several Facebook users claiming in their posts that Woodlands MRT was closed for disinfection today due to a suspected case of the Wuhan coronavirus infection.” – LTA/Facebook [Accessed 28 Jul 2021]
Corrections and clarifications regarding falsehoods that Woodlands MRT closed for disinfection – gov.sg [Accessed 28 Jul 2021]
Govt debunks fake news linking closure of Woodlands MRT station to Wuhan virus – The Straits Times [Accessed 28 Jul 2021]
Images adapted from SMRT/Facebook