Fake Information on COVID curfew Circulating on Whatsapp Busted
A malicious message has been circulating on WhatsApp after the announcement of an extension in curfew in the state of Andhra Pradesh. The message claims during the extended curfew period, the relaxation time will be from 6:00 am till 10:00 am. The message also claims Andhra Pradesh stands second in the country in the number of COVID deaths, which is also wrong.
There is no change in relaxation time of 6:00 am to 12:00 Noon during the extension in the curfew period. As informed by the state police department in their official twitter handle. We request you to share messages from official channels only.
The claim in the message of second-highest death, in India, is also wrong. With 9481 deaths, the state of AP stands at No.9 in the country, Whereas the percentage of deaths 0.7% of the total cases, which ranks 26 in the country. You can find the full information on https://www.mygov.in/corona-data/covid19-statewise-status/
Be aware of such messages through whatsapp, check the facts before sharing. The message has been shared with the Cyber crime department for further action.