Hyderabad: A video of a woman being arrested in Singapore for not wearing a mask in public has gone viral on social media.

A Twitter user shared the video and wrote, "In Singapore, if no mask, straight arrest. No sympathy." This tweet has over 2,100 retweets. (archived tweet)

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This claim that the woman was arrested for not wearing a mask is FALSE.

NewsMeter performed a reverse image search and found a report by Asia One which said, "A woman was arrested at Novena Square on Tuesday afternoon (Oct. 13) after allegedly pouring a bowl of soup on a stranger, biting him and spitting at him, the police confirmed to AsiaOne."

Another report by The Independent also stated the same.


The Singapore ministry of health, on its website, does not mention "arrest" as punishment for not wearing masks. It states that first-time offenders will be issued composition offers of $300 while repeat offenders will face higher fines.


Hence, the claim that the viral video shows a woman being arrested in Singapore for not wearing a mask is FALSE.

Claim Review :   Singapore woman in viral video arrested for not wearing mask
Claimed By :  Social Media Users
Fact Check :  False

Misha Rajani

Misha Rajani is a Fact Checker at NewsMeter. She is currently pursuing her Master's degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from St. Francis College for Women. She has written a thesis on “ Role of social media in highlighting injustice”. Apart from pursuing a career in news writing, Misha is also skilled in graphic designing. You can follow Misha on Twitter @misharajani00

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