States holiday on coronavirus: Fact Check
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Multiple Fake news claims
Fake news from the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare has become viral and been shared on Twitter, Facebook, Whatsapp and other social media platform which claims that the states like Maharashtra, Gujrat, Uttar Pradesh, and Sikkim will remain closed due to spread of COVID-19. The news states that that the ministry of health has declared a holiday for the period of March 14 to March 21, and the holiday is mandatory to all schools, colleges, educational institutes and workplace has more than 10 employees present in at a time of all the statutory & local bodies.
Facts Check Verdict: False / Fake
News Verification: The press release was posted on March 13 at 7:19 PM by PIB Delhi. https://pib.gov.in/PressReleaseIframePage.aspx?PRID=1606395
On March 13, the Ministry of Health tweeted the screenshot of their press release shut down all the viral news regarding holidays in states.
#CoronaVirusUpdate :— Ministry of Health (@MoHFW_INDIA) March 13, 2020
Fact check on fake O.M of Health Ministry.
Details can be seen here: https://t.co/e9BFk3M70b@PMOIndia @drharshvardhan @AshwiniKChoubey @PIB_India @MIB_India @DDNewslive @ANI @DG_PIB @PTI_News pic.twitter.com/YPghdkZM76
It says, “A fake O.M. from the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare has been doing the rounds today. The fake O.M. is regarding the subject “Clarification regarding the declaration of holidays for the States” and is dated March 13, 2020. It is clarified that the above mentioned O.M is fake and has NOT BEEN issued by the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare. Necessary action under extant law is being initiated.”
After the viral news spread the state government also clarified that it is not true and said that necessary action under extant law was being initiated.