Amid the covid-19 pandemic, the trends of spreading fake news and rumours have increased vastly on social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter and Whatsapp. In recent, netizens are claiming that a total lockdown will be implemented in India for three days from 29th February to 31st February 2021.
"Total lockdown strictly for 3 days from 29th Feb to 31st Feb. Everything will be closed. Plan your grocery accordingly," the message claimed. Govt Depositing Rs 1 Lakh in Bank Accounts of All People in India Under 'Sabka Saath Sabka Vikas' Yojana? PIB Reveals Truth Behind Fake WhatsApp Message.
Messages Going Viral on Twitter:
Total lockdown strictly for 3 days from 29th Feb to 31st Feb. Everything will be closed. Plan your grocery accordingly.
— AD'DEY (@Addey_33) February 24, 2021
#Breaking All India Lockdown Strictly For 3 Days.. From 29th Feb to 31st Feb ! Everything will Be Closed Including Grocery Stores.
— Karthik Keerthy (@Karthik_Keerthy) February 24, 2021
Breaking News: WHO declares total lockdown strictly for 3 days from 29th Feb to 31st Feb. Everything will be closed. Plan your grocery shopping accordingly 🚨🚨🚨 pic.twitter.com/FrisCuyaB3
— Ymn tweets 🇮🇳 (@Halal_Professor) February 24, 2021
LatestLY fact check team would like to reiterate that February in the year 2021 is of 28 days. Only in a leap year, the month of February has 29 days instead of 28. Hence, there cannot be another lockdown from February 29 to February 31 and the viral claim is fake.
Total lockdown will be implemented in India for three days from 29th February to 31st February 2021.
On Maximum, February could only have 29 days and that too during a leap year. Hence, the claim is fake.
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