PIB tweets, debunks news on lockdown

The government’s fact-checking arm Press Information Bureau (PIB) has tweeted to debunk a false claim made by YouTube channel A1Bharat News  that the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has decided to impose a complete lockdown in the country from September 23 till October 30. The PIB tweets, “A YouTube channel named ‘A1Bharat News’ is making false claims related to lockdown and school closure in the thumbnails of the videos. These videos are misleading.”   

PIB tweets sift wheat from chaff

A YouTube channel,  A1 Bharat News had claimed in its video that the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has decided to impose a complete lockdown in the country from September 23 till October 30. The  A1 Bharat News, a YouTube channel has shared multiple thumbnails on the video-sharing platform, carrying the logo of renowned news channels like Aaj Tak and ABP News. The screenshot of the false news bulletin is also going viral on social media.

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However, when the government’s fact-checking arm Press Information Bureau (PIB) conducted a fact check, the news turned out to be fake. While debunking the fake news, PIB tweets, “A YouTube channel named ‘A1Bharat News’ is making false claims related to lockdown and school closure in the thumbnails of the videos. These videos are misleading. Do not share any such videos or their misleading screenshots.” The PIB has also urged people that they should not believe such news and the PIB tweets should be shared as much as is possible.  

In a bid to curb misinformation and fake news prevalent on the internet, the Press Information Bureau (PIB) has launched its fact-checking arm in December 2019.  It aims to identify misinformation related to the government’s policies and schemes that are circulating on various social media platforms.

PIB also invites people to send their queries, so that fake news can be busted. The government has time and again warned people about such misinformation and asked them to only believe trusted sources.

Important not to get misled

In the wake of fake news that has gone viral and thereby misleading people, PIB tweets matter the most as the fact-check arm of the government ensures that no one is misled. Given the fact that the pandemic is still here, the PIB tweets carry a lot of weight as they clarify the situation.   

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Meanwhile, in other news on corona, Delhi reported 24 Covid-19 cases while the positivity rate stood at 0.03 per cent, according to data shared by the health department. According to the report, a total of 69,465 tests – 46,555 RT-PCR tests and 22,910 rapid antigen tests — were conducted a day ago, the bulletin said.  “The death toll due to the corona virus infection in Delhi stands at 25,085.  The number of cumulative cases on Friday stood at 1438658. Over 14.13 lakh patients have recovered from the virus. Three fatalities due to the corona virus infection have been reported this month, one each on Sept 7, Sept 16 and Sept17,” it said.

Delhi battled a brutal second wave of the pandemic in April-May that claimed a massive number of lives, with the issue of oxygen shortage at city hospitals across the city adding to the woes.

The cumulative COVID cases reported in Delhi so far stood at 14,38,658. Over 14.13 lakh patients have recovered from the disease. On Thursday, 48 cases were reported with a positivity rate of 0.07 per cent, while on the day before, 30 cases were logged with a positivity rate of 0.04 per cent. On Tuesday, 39 cases were recorded with a positivity rate of 0.06 per cent.

The Daily Covid case count had dropped to 17 on September 13, with no death being recorded, while the positivity rate was 0.04 per cent.

The government has taken steps to increase the number of hospital beds and accommodate up to 37,000 cases a day and become self-reliant in terms of oxygen supply.

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