As COVID-19 cases are on a continuous rise in the country and restrictions and curfews are being imposed in several states and Union Territories, a lot of fake news and misinformation is also being spread on social media platforms and WhatsApp groups. One such fake news doing the rounds is that lockdown and restrictions will be imposed in Tamil Nadu from April 9 (Friday) from 8 pm onwards. The fake message also has a list of ‘new restrictions’ including implementation of section 144 of the CrPC across the state, closure of beaches, temples, PVRs, work from home directive for private employees among others. “New guidelines will be implemented from 8 pm on Friday, April 9 to April 30 (sic),” the message reads.
State Health Secretary J Radhakrishnan dismissed the rumours and asked people to beware of baseless rumours. “No such advisory has been issued and that people should not believe any news that doesn’t come from official means of communication,” Radhakrishnan told The News Minute.
He also asserted that the government may impose some curbs for non-essential activities like restrictions on the number of people attending weddings and funerals. “We need to avoid unnecessary cultural activities and travel. But all this will be done step by step,” he added.
The number of new coronavirus cases in India hit a record daily high since the outbreak of the pandemic with over 1.15 lakh new infections being reported in a span of 24 hours, pushing the nationwide COVID-19 tally to?1,28,01,785, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Wednesday. The single-day rise in coronavirus cases breached the 1-lakh mark for the second time in three days.
Active cases in Tamil Nadu crossed the 25,000-mark on Tuesday as the stated added 3,645 positive cases and 15 deaths to its COVID tally.