New Delhi, April 15: A picture that appears to be a screenshot of a graphic plate of a news channel is going viral on social media platforms. The image features Prime Minister Narendra Modi alongside Hindi text that reads: "Total lockdown has been announced in the country from April 15 to April 30". Since the image is widely circulated to wrongly suggest nationwide lockdown has been imposed, PIB Fact Check cleared the air. Mumbai CSMT Crowded Amid COVID-19 Spike? Old Video Goes Viral With Recent Dates, PIB Fact Check Reveals the Truth.
In a tweet on Thursday, PIB Fact Check, a dedicated platform that counters misinformation related to government schemes and policies, said the viral image is morphed and it carried a fake claim. "A morphed picture claims lockdown will imposed by the Indian government between April 15 and April 30. This claim is fake," read the tweet by PIB Fact Check. Fake Organisation Issues Notification Claiming to Offer Jobs Under Indian Govt, PIB Fact Check Reveals The Truth.
The government-run fact-checking platform also said the Centre has not made any announcement with regard to nationwide lockdown. "Please do not share such misleading pictures or messages," it urged citizens.
Morphed Image Features Fake Claim of Lockdown in India:
एक #Morphed तस्वीर में दावा किया जा रहा है कि भारत सरकार द्वारा 15 से 30 अप्रैल तक देश भर में लॉकडाउन लगाया जाएगा। #PIBFactCheck: यह दावा #फर्जी है। भारत सरकार द्वारा #लॉकडाउन के संबंध में ऐसी कोई घोषणा नहीं की गई है। कृपया ऐसी भ्रामक तस्वीरों या संदेशों को साझा न करें। pic.twitter.com/gnRpyDcMRf
— PIB Fact Check (@PIBFactCheck) April 15, 2021
The central government imposed a nationwide lockdown in March last year to curb the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). The restrictions were removed in phased manners over the year. Though the country is seeing a second wave of COVID-19 infections, the central government has so far not announced nationwide curbs.
India reported 2,00,739 new COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours, the biggest single-day spike ever, taking the overall tally to 1,40,74,564, cases on Thursday, while 1,038 new deaths pushed the overall death toll in the country to 1,73,123.
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