A WhatsApp message purporting to be a breaking news alert from the Cayman Compass  has been circulating locally and the public is advised not to click on the link as this is not a legitimate news item nor is its contents true.

This alert did not originate nor is it connected to the Compass and those who receive the message is asked not to forward it.

The message has the headline ‘Cayman Compass breaking news’ in capital letters and then claims that the Cayman Islands Government has announced that all workplaces with 25 employees or more, are to have paid mandatory leave to avoid the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus beginning March 16, 2020.

It also claims all schools will be closed for four weeks.

The message directs the reader to click on an attached link which takes the reader to an image of a gorilla.

The information in this alert is patently false as no such decision has been made by government.

This is the second such scam that has been brought to the attention of the Cayman Compass this week.

On Tuesday morning, an email alert under the headline ‘Alert! First case of Novel Coronavirus in the Cayman Island’ was also being circulated. This was not an email from the Cayman Compass or its parent company.

The email alert is not an authentic news alert from the Compass Media group and as such those who receive it are advised to trash it immediately.

Any email or news alert from the Compass will contain formal logos and be distributed via the official website and social media pages.

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