JOHOR BARU: The Johor Health Department (JKNJ) yesterday refuted claims that two 2019 novel coronavirus cases were detected in Forest City, Gelang Patah near here, as viralled on Facebook.

JKNJ, in a statement on its official Facebook page said the news was not true and a police report has been lodged.

“Do not spread unverified news because it can cause panic among the public,“ according to the statement.

Meanwhile Johor police chief Datuk Mohd Kamarudin Md Din in a statement confirmed a report on the matter was lodged today and police were in the midst of tracking down the Facebook account holder named ‘Haziq Fahmi’ to facilitate investigations.

The case will be investigated under Section 505(b) Penal Code and Section 233 Communication and Multimedia Act 1998. — Bernama