The central government on Monday denied reports that the country is going under a lockdown again had been recommended from September 25 because of a spurt in coronavirus cases in the country. The Press Information Bureau refused the news in a post with a “Fake News” alert.
“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 September 25, 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,” reads the “order” dated September 10.
PIB clarified said the order in circulation was fake.
“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. PIB Fact Check: This order is Fake. NDMA has not issued any such order to re-impose lockdown,” PIB tweeted.
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. pic.twitter.com/J72eeA62zl
— PIB Fact Check (@PIBFactCheck) September 12, 2020
The country went into a lockdown to curb the spread of the virus in March-end. Since June, it has been opening up in phases. Rumours of another strict lockdown has emerged alongside a spike in coronavirus cases. India, the world’s second worst-hit, has more than 48 lakh infections. Over the past few days, there have been over 90,000 cases daily.