This photo taken on Feb. 6, 2020, shows a discarded face mask, used as a preventative measure following a coronavirus outbreak which began in the Chinese city of Wuhan, in vegetation in Liu Pok village in Hong Kong, with the skyline of the Chinese city of Shenzhen (back) in the distance.

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The coronavirus outbreak in China has provided fertile ground for conspiracy theories and misinformation on the web everywhere, but in Russia they are being spread on primetime news programmes.

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