PIB Fact Check: The whole world is fighting against the invisible enemy, coronavirus. At the same time, another war is being fought and this one is against fake news and misleading information on COVID-19. Just like this fake message which claims that the prime minister is giving Rs 15,000 to every Indian due to the corona crisis. The fake message claims that all one needs to do to collect it is to click on a link and fill a form. PIB’s fact check handle on Twitter debunked this as fake news and also warned people not to click on any such link.
When translated from Hindi, PIB fact check’s post reads, “Amid difficult situations, PM is giving Rs 15,000 to every Indian and to avail it one has to click the given link and fill the form.” The post then clarifies that the news is fake and the link is fraudulent.
A few days back, PIB’s fact check handle on Twitter debunked another false claim that exposure to high temperature prevents a person from being infected with COVID-19. There is no authenticity to this claim and it was also dismissed by the World Health Organisation (WHO).
Meanwhile, As Lockdown 2.0 begins, the total number of coronavirus cases in India has risen to 11,439 after 1076 fresh COVID-19 infections were reported in the past 24 hours, according to the latest data from Health Ministry. Fatalities from coronavirus in India has gone up to 377, with Maharashtra topping the tally with 178 deaths. On the other hand, 1,305 patients have been cured of the virus or discharged. In terms of the total number of cases, Maharashtra is the worst affected state with 2,687 coronavirus cases. Tamil Nadu (1,204), Telangana (624), Rajasthan (969), Madhya Pradesh (730) and Gujarat (650) are among the other worst-affected states.
The United States, with the world’s third-largest population, passed a second milestone late on Tuesday with over 600,000 reported cases, three times more than any other country.
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