The Ministry of Health says claims that the opening and closing times for groceries and pharmarcies have changed is fake news.

The Ministry of Health has issued a statement saying that there has been no change in the operating hours for grocery stores and pharmacies.

The denial came after a fake news release purporting to be from the Ministry of Health began circulating.

On Monday morning, the ministry said the release was fake and added the original authentic release indicated a change in opening hours for Hardwares, including electrical and plumbing establishments only.