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Yet Another Mock Drill Shared as COVID-19 Case in Jail Premises

Speaking to The Quint, Superintendent of Bhagalpur Central Jail confirmed that the video is of a mock drill. 

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CLAIM

A video of a man lying on the floor, surrounded by police officers, who can be seen coughing and sneezing is being shared online with a claim that a police officer in Bihar’s Bhagalpur Central Jail has tested positive for coronavirus.

The claim which is in Hindi reads, “भागलपुर जेल का बड़ा बाबू कोरोना पीड़ित |” [Translation: Officer in Bhagalpur Jail has tested positive for coronavirus].

The video has been shared by multiple users on Facebook with the same claim.

(An archived version of the video can be found here.)

Speaking to The Quint, Superintendent of Bhagalpur Central Jail confirmed that the video is of a mock drill. 

The Quint also received a query about the video on its WhatsApp helpline number.

Speaking to The Quint, Superintendent of Bhagalpur Central Jail confirmed that the video is of a mock drill. 

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TRUE OR FALSE?

The video is of a mock drill that was conducted at Bhagalpur Central Jail in Bihar nearly 8-10 days ago. The video in circulation falsely claims that it shows an officer who has tested positive for COVID-19.

WHAT WE FOUND OUT

The claim mentioned that the incident happened at the Central Jail in Bhagalpur, so we ran a keyword search on YouTube and came across a video which was uploaded a channel called ‘Nation Bharat’ on 11 April. The video mentioned that the video is of a mock drill.

We also got in touch with Repack Kumar, Superintendent of Bahagalpur Central Jail, who confirmed to us that the video was indeed of a mock drill.

Earlier, The Quint debunked several such videos where mock drills have been passed of as real cases of coronavirus. You can read all our fact-checked coronavirus stories here.

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