A viral tweet has claimed that Royal Marines have forcibly removed medical equipment from Dundee to be used in England in the fight against Coronavirus.
The issue however is that the claim is not true.
Below is the tweet, let’s take a look at it.
Testing kits for #CoronavirusScotland according to GMS were removed from Dundee University and sent to Milton Keynes on Boris Johnsons orders. Royal Marines removed them according to reports
Does anybody else have any more info on this?
— THE BLACK SALTIRE#FBSI (@80_mcswan) April 4, 2020
Next, let’s take a look at the origin of the claim.
"On Saturday morning the laboratory of Professor Angus Lamond, in the School of Life Sciences, handed over two highly specialised Thermo KingFisher Flex robots to the Royal Navy, for urgent transportation to the first consolidated national diagnostic centre in Milton Keynes. 1/2 pic.twitter.com/X5pyrpKshW
— UoD Life Sciences (@UoDLifeSciences) March 23, 2020
As you can see, no test kits were removed, nothing was “removed” at all. What actually happened is that Dundee University donated specialist equipment needed for testing at a national centre.
No Royal Marines were involved nor was anyone ordered to hand anything over. Dundee University sent the equipment voluntarily to aid a UK wide effort.
All of this happened a few weeks ago.
The ongoing pandemic is rife with misinformation being spread for a multitude of reasons. Please think critically about what you’re sharing as sharing this kind of thing is irresponsible, immoral and simply just dangerous.
For more on the sharing of misinformation relating to Coronavirus, see here.