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Fake news: Viral post claims complete lockdown in India from 15 June

However, the official Twitter account of Press Trust Bureau’s (PIB) Fact Check has rejected the claim, terming it a fake news

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Social media users are circulating a message that suggests that there would be another lockdown after 15 June — a total one at that! The message attributed the ‘news’ to a television channel that says that the lockdown would be re-imposed. It says further that the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) will impose a complete ban on air and train travel once again.

The official Twitter account of Press Information Bureau’s (PIB) fact-checker has rejected the claim, terming it “fake news”.

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Debunking the claim, PIB took to Twitter on 10 June to write, “Claim: This picture that is going viral on social media claims that the Home Ministry will pull brakes on train and air travels and that the country will undergo complete lockdown starting 15 June. #PIBFactcheck – This is Fake. Beware of this misleading photo spreading fake news.”

The Soviet-style PIB, which puts forth the official version of current affairs pertaining to government actions, had to debunk the claim after Google searches on “15 June” witnessed a sharp spike in the last couple of days.

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‘Unlock-1’, the first phase of the lifting of lockdown restrictions after more than around two and a half months, came into effect on 8 June.

Albeit restaurants, hotels, religious places, and shopping malls threw their doors open to the public, yet all is being done while following stringent guidelines issued by the Health Ministry to stem COVID-19 spread.

According to the Union Health Ministry data, the death toll due to coronavirus increased to 8,102 and the number of COVID-19 positive cases rose to 2,86,579 in the country after it recorded the highest single-day spike of 357 deaths and 9,996 positive cases till 8 am today.

The number of recovered cases continued to be more than the active ones for the second consecutive day.

“Around 49.21% have recovered so far,” said an official.

Out of the total 8,102 deaths, Maharashtra tops the tally with 3,438 deaths followed by Gujarat (1,347), Delhi (984), Madhya Pradesh (427), West Bengal (432), Tamil Nadu (326), Uttar Pradesh (321), Rajasthan (259) and Telangana (156).

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