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News.com.au issues apology to woman falsely accused of spreading COVID-19

News.com.au has apologised to a pregnant woman it claimed had infected wedding guests with COVID-19 (coronavirus).

“An article published on News.com.au on Monday April 30 [sic], incorrectly stated that Ms Sally Hawach unknowingly infected other guests with coronavirus at a wedding. That was incorrect,” the amendment reads.

The apology (Click to enlarge)

The article, titled ‘Pregnant woman infects 39 people with coronavirus at wedding’ was in fact published on 3 April, however the apology currently refers to the future date of 30 April.

The correction continues: “Ms Hawach attended the wedding but caught the virus from another guest. We apologise to Ms Hawach for the error and to the bride and groom and guests for any distress this may have caused.”

Hawah speaks to Nine’s Tom Steinfort on 60 Minutes about her ordeal

An amended article below the apology explains Hawach attended the wedding on 6 March, and is one of 39 people who became infected. It now explains the group was infected by a guest who had flown in from America “and had no idea they had the virus”, rather than the source being Hawach.

Now on #60Mins | Coronavirus Crisis: Together, Apart

When 100 people attended a wedding at a beautiful Stanwell Tops location, no one at the celebration could have suspected that a guest flying in from America could have COVID-19. Since then, 39 people present at the wedding have been infected by the coronavirus. Now on #60Mins, Sally Hawach, who is 8 months pregnant, was one of those infected guests.

Posted by 60 Minutes Australia on Sunday, 29 March 2020

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