False corona rumors about Norwegian shopping malls spread online: “Fake news spreads faster than omicron”

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Recently, there have been rumors of infection at several shopping centers in Norway. The rumors turned out to be false.

“Conspiracy theories and fake news spread faster than omicron,” UiO professor Petter Bae Brandtzæg, chief researcher at Sintef, told the newspaper Adresseavisen.

The newspaper writes that there has been a rumor that twelve infected people have shopped at Sirkus Shopping in Trondheim. Center manager Trine Foosnæs rejected the rumors. 

“It is very sad that such a wild story should be allowed to spread as it does. People should feel safe to shop in stores,” she said.

Similar rumors have been spread about the Kvadraten shopping center in Stavanger, Herkules in Skien, and Sørlandssenteret in Kristiansand.

Kvadraten was forced to send out a press release to disprove the rumors. Brandtzæg believes there may be several reasons why people spread false stories.

“Maybe it’s fun for them, or they want to create unrest and divisions between people. During the corona crisis, there have been many false stories in circulation,” he added.

Note: The picture used is for illustration purposes only.

Source: © NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today / #NorwayTodayNews

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