- A message saying the lockdown period in India has been extended is doing rounds on social media.
- The message also said that it was being carried out in a phased manner by the WHO.
- WHO said no such protocol was being carried out and the PIB confirmed the news as fake.
A message stating that the World Health Organisation (WHO) extending the national lockdown in a phased manner has been doing rounds on the internet. It speaks about WHO extending the ongoing 21-day lockdown in phases till June. A simple fact check on the government's official site will tell you that this message is fake.
The fake message states that in order to control the "most dangerous virus," the WHO protocol and procedure of lockdown has stated that it will carry it out in phases. The message also stated that India was only in Phase 2 of the lockdown. Phase 1 being the 1-day lockdown which had taken place earlier. The message further states that there will be a five-day gap between phase 2 and phase 3. Furthermore, it states that Phase 3 will last for 28 days after which there again will be a gap of 5 days. Phase 4 will be a lockdown of 15 days.
This message has caused a considerable amount of panic in the users. The Press Information Bureau's official Fact Check Twitter account has stated that the claim oabout the phased lockdown is fake.
"WHO has already tweeted the claim is fake", PIB Fact Check on Twitter stated.
WHO on its official South-East Asia's Twitter account confirmed that there was no such protocol passed by WHO.
"Messages being circulated on social media as WHO protocol for lockdown are baseless and FAKE. WHO does NOT have any protocols for lockdowns."
With the ongoing pandemic, a plethora of misinformation, fake news, forwarded messages and conspiracy theories are being circulated and doing rounds on the internet.
Another "forwarded" message which doing rounds on the internet addressed the group admins on WhatsApp. Ironically, this fake message was an attempt to curb misinformation and fake news. The message requested group admins to close all groups and warned that the police could take action on group members as well as the admin. "Group admin is requested to close group for 2 days as police can take action against admin and group members vide section 68, 140 and 188 if anyone by mistake posts a joke on corona," the message read.
The message further said that a certain "disaster management act" has been implemented across the country. It also said that only the government department could posts update related to coronavirus. The message shared had an undersign of Live Law India with a link. The link, however,does not open and Live Law India's official page said that the message was fake and was still going viral.
The PIB Fact Check also stated that the message being circulated was fake. PIB Fact Check's official tweet read, "Fake message is going around on social media claiming that legal action would be taken against admin and group members who post jokes on coronavirus, hence group admin should close the group for 2 days. This is fake. No such order has been issued by the government."
As on April 7, India has seen 4382 active cases with over 130 deaths because of COVID-19.