With the rapid rise in COVID-19 cases lately, and subsequent restrictions imposed by some governments to control the spread, miscreants have also found a new opportunity to spread rumours. Recently, a video went viral on social media claiming that lockdown will be imposed in Delhi from tomorrow.
The clip shows a TV news bulletin in which Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and Delhi L-G Anil Baijal can be seen doing a press conference and breaking news flashing that a lockdown has been announced in Delhi.
However, the government’s fact-checking arm Press Information Bureau (PIB) has termed it as fake as no such announcement has been made. It is an old video from 2020 that is being shared now.
“A video is being shared on social media which claims that lockdown will be imposed in Delhi from tomorrow morning. This video is from last year (2020). It’s an old news clip”, PIB Fact Check wrote.
CLAIM: Lockdown will be imposed in Delhi from March 29
FACT: This video is from last year (2020) and is being shared without any context.
A video is being shared on social media which claims that #Lockdown will be imposed in #Delhi from tomorrow morning.#PIBFactCheck: This video is from last year (2020). It’s an old news clip & is being shared without any context. pic.twitter.com/AqVyx1T0wR
— PIB Fact Check (@PIBFactCheck) March 28, 2021
On Saturday, the Arvind Kejriwal-led government on issued new guidelines to curb the spread of coronavirus in the national capital.
“The Covid-19 situation has been reviewed and it has been decided that status quo should be maintained in NCT of Delhi with regard to permissible/prohibited activities as per aforesaid DDMA orders. However, the ceiling of persons in marriage, banquet halls, other gatherings/congregations and in funeral/last rites in NCT of Delhi needs to be imposed,” the Delhi Disaster Management Authority’s order released on Saturday said.
“ln closed spaces, a maximum of 50 percent of the hall capacity will be allowed, with a ceiling of 100 persons. In open spaces, numbers will be allowed keeping the size of the ground/ space in view with a ceiling of 200 persons subject to strict observance of wearing of face masks, maintaining social distancing, provision for thermal scanning and use of hand wash or sanitizer,” the order added.