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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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Yet Another Mock Drill Shared as COVID-19 Case in Jail Premises
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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(An archived version of the video can be found here.)

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

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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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