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Coronavirus Pandemic: Union government dismisses rumours of 2nd COVID-19 lockdown

Sept. 15, 2020, 3:19 p.m.

New Delhi: A circular which went viral on social media claiming that a second coronavirus lockdown will be declared all over India from September 25 has been rejected by the central government. 

The reason stated for the rumoured lockdown was a countrywide increase in the number coronavirus patients with more than 90,000 new COVID-19 cases being reportedly daily. 

The rumour went viral on social media with countless Twitter users reacting to the message.

However, the claim has been rejected by The Press Information Bureau (PIB) on September 12 then also many are still receiving the fake fiat and the screenshot is widely scattered all over the internet. 

The fake declaration has the name of National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) which is a department of the Union Government of India hence the fake news looked more authentic and people got fooled by it. 

Such news can create panic in the country giving birth to many problems and surely increasing the no. of coronavirus patients, hence such news is to be verified by the Union Government website for smooth running of things in India in these hard times of coronavirus. 

The fake fiat announced,” In order to contain the spread of COVID-19 and decrease the mortality rate in the country, the National Disaster Management Authority, along with the Planning Commission, hereby urges the Government of India and directs the Prime Minister Office, Ministry of Home Affairs to re-impose a strict nationwide lockdown of 46 days starting from midnight 25th September 2020. Maintaining the supply chain of Essential Commodities in the country, therefore hereby NDMA is issuing a prior notice to the Ministry to plan accordingly.”

 PIB fact check took to its Twitter account and denied the possibility of another lockdown in India from September 25th, 2020. 

 It stated,” Claim: An order purportedly issued by National Disaster Management Authority claims that it has directed the government to re-impose a nationwide #Lockdown from 25th September. 

#PIBFactCheck: This order is #Fake. @ndmaindia has not issued any such order to re-impose lockdown.”

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