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No, These People are not Italian Doctors infected with the Coronavirus. Here’s a Fact Check

Claim:

This couple in the picture worked day and night and saved the lives of 134 patients, but on the eighth day, they caught coronavirus and died after an hour.

 

 

 

Verification:

 

Amid the scare of the novel coronavirus, an image of a couple holding each other is doing rounds on various social media platforms, which claims that the couple in the picture are husband and wife, working as doctors in Italy.

 

 

 

 

The text of the viral message reads, “This couple in the picture worked day and night and saved the lives of 134 patients. But on the eighth day, they caught coronavirus and died after an hour,”

 

We found several users on social media sharing the viral post on their respective handles.

 

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Several readers also sent the claim to Newschecker’s WhatsApp helpline number for verification.

 

Fact Check:

 

Using reverse-image search on the Google search engine, we found that several global media outlets, including Fox Business, Chicago Tribune and Boston Globe, had published the same viral photograph. According to the articles, the viral picture of a couple kissing each other was clicked at Barcelona Airport in Spain on March 12, 2020. During our search, we found that credit for the photograph was given to Emilio Morenatti, who works for Associated press.

 

 

 

We began fact-checking the viral photograph on the official website of Associated Press. With the help of relevant keywords on the search option, we found the viral photograph. AP published the photograph on March 12, 2020.

 

 

 

According to the description, the photograph shows a man and a woman kissing at Barcelona Airport on March 12, 2020. “President Donald Trump, who had downplayed the coronavirus for weeks, suddenly struck a different tone, announcing strict rules on restricting travel from much of Europe to begin this weekend,” reads the description.

 

Conclusion:

 

It is evident from our fact check the two people in the photo are not Italian doctors who died due to Coronavirus but a couple from Spain. This is a case of misplaced context and thus false. 

 

Result: False

 

Sources

Google Reverse Image Search

Media Reports

Google Search

 
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Shaminder Singh
Shaminder started off his career as a freelance journalist for a consulting and research firm. He has been a Political Strategist and Media Manager. Before joining Newschecker, he worked with various reputed media agencies like Daily Post India, PTC News.

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