The city of Newark, NJ has threatened individuals who spread unapproved information about coronavirus with criminal prosecution as panic regarding the virus increases.
Newark Public Safety Director Anthony Ambrose issued the threat against individuals posting on social media and urged others to rat out people who post unauthorized narratives to the thought police.
“Any false reporting on coronavirus in our city will result in criminal prosecution,” Ambrose said. “We are putting forth every investigative effort to identify anyone making false accusations on social media to ensure that any posted information is immediately addressed.”
Ambrose wants Newark residents to remain in fear so that freedom of speech is quelled, and his bureaucracy can control the flow of information. This way, any information about incompetence or mismanagement from the city government cannot be accessed.
“The State of New Jersey has laws regarding causing a false public alarm and we will enforce those laws. Individuals who make any false or baseless reports about the coronavirus in Newark can set off a domino effect that can result in injury to residents and visitors and affect schools, houses of worship, businesses and entire neighborhoods,” he added.
The entire press release can be viewed here:
The city of Newark, NJ, cracking down on coronavirus disinformation:
“Any false reporting of the coronavirus in our city will result in criminal prosecution,” Director Ambrose said. pic.twitter.com/iCMAN1aRBL
— Nick Corasaniti (@NYTnickc) March 10, 2020
Earlier this week, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy declared a state of emergency over the coronavirus pandemic.
“The state of New Jersey is committed to deploying every available resource, across all levels of government, to help respond to the spread of COVID-19 and keep our residents informed,” Murphy said about Executive Order No. 103, which opened up state resources to help public health officials combat the spread of coronavirus.
“My administration will continue to work closely with our federal partners to ensure that local health agencies on the front lines of the state’s response are equipped with the resources needed to further prepare our health care system for a broader spread of COVID-19,” the Governor added.
New Jersey Department of Health Commissioner Judith Persichilli confirmed that there are five new cases of coronavirus that have been found in the state in recent days.
“The new cases are concerning but they’re not unexpected,” Persichilli said.
The individuals who have been afflicted with coronavirus include an 18-year-old Clifton resident who has not needed to be hospitalized because of his infection; a 48-year-old Berkeley Heights resident with Italian friends who needed to be hospitalized; an 83-year-old Hazlet resident who is still hospitalized; a 30-year-old Teaneck resident who is currently hospitalized; and a 27-year-old Little Silver man who is also hospitalized and receiving treatment.
While the spread of coronavirus is scary enough, government bureaucrats using the crisis as an excuse to destroy fundamental rights such as freedom of speech may be even more frightening.
President Trump, First Lady Melania Received COVID Vaccine at White House in January
President Trump oversaw the production of the vaccine.
Former President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump received a coronavirus vaccine at the White House in January, according to new reporting Monday from Axios, citing an unnamed Trump advisor.
Three American coronavirus vaccines were development through public-private partnerships during Donald Trump’s presidency. President Trump urged Americans to receive the coronavirus vaccine during his CPAC speech on Sunday.
“We took care of a lot of people — including, I guess, on Dec. 21, we took care of Joe Biden, because he got his shot, he got his vaccine,” Trump said during the speech, his first extended public remarks since leaving the presidential throne. “So everybody, go get your shot.” Biden had gone on to falsely claim that President Trump hadn’t overseen the development and rollout of a vaccine, despite receiving it while his predecessor was President.
Legitimate scientific consensus indicates that the vaccine is largely safe to receive, although individuals with serious health conditions may experience side effects. President Trump and the First Lady had come down with the coronavirus in October, with the couple spending several days at Walter Reed Hospital in DC to recover.
Demographic polling indicates that white Republicans are the most skeptical population group of the coronavirus vaccine, and the Biden administration has generally declined to target outreach promoting the vaccine to the demographic. Other minority groups are more skeptical of receiving the vaccine than white liberals, and the Biden administration’s vaccine outreach has targeted the former. Polling indicates that a plurality of white Republicans don’t intend to receive the vaccine.
The Biden administration has struggled mightily to pick up President Trump’s vaccine distribution program, walking back promises to vaccine a hundred million Americans within several months shortly after entering office.
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