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‘15 UP Districts To Be Sealed Entirely’? Fake Message Goes Viral

Only places identified as ‘hotspots’ in these districts will be sealed & home delivery of essential will be ensured.

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Multiple unverified messages surfaced on social media claiming that the 15 districts will be completely sealed starting 9 April.
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After the UP government’s announcement of identification and sealing of 15 COVID-19 hotspots in the state, multiple unverified messages surfaced on social media claiming that the 15 districts will be completely sealed starting 9 April.

The claim reads: लॉकडाउन पर योगी सरकार का बड़ा फैसला। कोरोना से प्रभावित 15 जिले आज रात 12 बजे से होंगे पूरी तरह सील। [Translation: Big decision by the Yogi government on COVID-19 lockdown. 15 coronavirus affected districts to be completely sealed starting midnight].

‘15 UP Districts To Be Sealed Entirely’? Fake Message Goes Viral
(Source: Twitter/Screenshot)
An archived link to the tweet can be viewed <a href="http://archive.is/wip/ixwtg">here</a>.
An archived link to the tweet can be viewed here.
(Source: Facebook/Screenshot)

The same message is viral on other platforms including Facebook and WhatsApp and has led to panic and confusion among citizens.

An archived version of the post can be viewed <a href="https://archive.is/38xnL">here</a>.
An archived version of the post can be viewed here.
(Source: Facebook/Screenshot)
‘15 UP Districts To Be Sealed Entirely’? Fake Message Goes Viral
(Source: WhatsApp/Screenshot)

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TRUE OR FALSE?

Misleading.

The Quint can confirm that the message is misleading and a partial sealing has been announced by the government in 15 districts of Uttar Pradesh. Only places or clusters identified as coronavirus hotspots in these districts will be sealed while other places will remain under 100 percent lockdown.

Home delivery of essential items and medical teams will be allowed everywhere to prevent community spread.

WHAT DOES THE OFFICIAL NOTIFICATION SAY?

As per an official notice by RK Tiwari, Chief Secretary, Uttar Pradesh government:

  • People in the sealed hotspots will not be allowed to step out of the house for anything. Hotspots are the places which have seen multiple cases of COVID-19. The sealing will begin at midnight.
  • Essential commodities including groceries and medicines will be delivered at home.
‘15 UP Districts To Be Sealed Entirely’? Fake Message Goes Viral
Official Notice by UP Government.

Additional Chief Secretary (Home) Awanish Awasthi has clearly stated that “100 percent lockdown will be enforced ONLY in the hotspots of the 15 districts, other areas in the districts will follow the guidelines of the previous lockdown.”

Uttar Pradesh, has so far, reported 326 positive cases of coronavirus, of which three patients have died and 21 have recovered.

WHICH ARE THE IDENTIFIED DISTRICTS?

The 15 districts identified by the UP government are:

  • Lucknow
  • Agra
  • Ghaziabad
  • Gautambudh Nagar
  • Kanpur
  • Varanasi
  • Shamli
  • Meerut
  • Bareilly
  • Bulandshahar
  • Firozabad
  • Maharajganj
  • Sitapur
  • Saharanpur
  • Basti

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