Fact Check: Are Australian police separating Covid positive children from their parents?

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Quick Take

A few hugely popular tweets share a video that shows police personnel in Australia separating a man from his child. The claim along with the video is police are forcibly separating the child, who is Covid positive, from his father. We fact-checked and found that the claim is false.

The Claim

People sharing the video on Twitter wrote, “Children testing positive for covid are forcibly separated from their parents.” Such posts can be seen here, here, and here. The video was also tweeted by Australian cricketer Kevin Pietersen. one such tweet is embedded below.

Fact Check

Is the video morphed?

No. The video is not morphed. It has been acknowledged by the Victoria Police Department (in Australia).

Were the police seperating a Covid positive child from his father?

The Victoria Police Department clarified the matter to Australian media saying it was a “family matter.” Police also said that they will “not be releasing anything further for the privacy of those involved.”

Police further replied back to Kevin Pietersen on Twitter regarding the matter.

There is no evidence about the child being Covid positive.

Why were some people wearing PPE kit in the video?

The police also explained that the people present in PPE kit were “nurses” but they were not there to vaccinate or test a Covid patient. Since nurses will usually wear PPE kits there is nothing abnormal about it.

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Disclaimer
Medical Science is an ever evolving field. We strive to keep this page updated. In case you notice any discrepancy in the content, please inform us at [email protected]. You can further read our Correction Policy here. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay seeking medical treatment because of something you have read on or accessed through this website or it's social media channels. Read our Full Disclaimer Here for further information.

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