No, Singapore did not perform an autopsy that showed COVID-19 is bacterial

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The viral false post that is poorly written also claims that Singapore discarded WHO protocols for treating COVID-19 patients.

Another day, another anonymous post making false claims. 

This one was going around in Namibian WhatsApp groups in late May to early June 2021 and repeats claims made in earlier versions that mentioned other countries. 

The post, that has been “Forwarded many times” and claims to be from the “Singapore Ministry of Health”, states:  

“Singapore has become the first country in the world to perform an autopsy (post-mortem) for a Covid-19 corpse.  After a thorough investigation, it was discovered that Covid-19 does not exist as a virus, but rather a bacterium that has been exposed to radiation and causes human death by coagulation in the blood.

Covid-19 disease has been found to cause blood clotting, which causes blood clotting in humans and causes blood clotting in the veins, which makes it difficult for a person to breathe because the brain, heart and lungs cannot receive oxygen, causing people to die quickly.

To find the cause of the shortage of respiratory energy, doctors in Singapore did not listen to the WHO protocol and performed an autopsy on COVID-19.”

The complete post looks like this:

A viral WhatsApp post that claimed Singaporean doctors had done an autopsy in defiance of WHO guidance.

Is it true? 

No, it’s not. 

First, the COVID-19 disease is not caused by a bacteria. 

The World Health Organization (WHO) is clear on what causes COVID-19.

Second, no such autopsy happened in Singapore. 

The Singaporean Ministry of Health has responded to the post by stating on its website:

“We are aware of a message circulating that Singapore has performed an autopsy on a COVID-19 patient, and alleged changes in treatment protocols. The content was attributed to the Ministry of Health Singapore. This is NOT true.

FACTS – Singapore has not performed such an autopsy. The message states false information concerning the pathophysiology of COVID-19 infection which is not borne out by current evidence. An earlier version of this circular message, which mentioned Russia instead of Singapore, has also been exposed as untruth.

We urge the public not to spread unsubstantiated information which may cause public alarm.”

The same response was posted to the ministry’s Facebook page on 7 June 2021:

A Facebook post by the Singaporean Ministry of Health debunking the viral post.

Namibian social media users are encouraged to conduct a basic Google search when encountering such claims on social media or before forwarding or sharing such posts. A Google search would have revealed the numerous fact checks that have been done on this post.


The statements, information and/or data referenced in this article have been assessed and found to be false.

22nd June 2021

Frederico Links

Frederico Links is the editor and lead researcher of Namibia Fact Check and a research associate at the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR)