The fact-checking wing of the Press Information Bureau has clarified that no such announcement has been made.
A fake news graphic of a news channel has now gone viral on Whatsapp and other social media platforms with people claiming that PM Modi would again impose a complete lockdown in the country from May 3 to May 20.
“In a post that has gone viral on social media, it is being claimed that the central government has announced the imposition of a complete lockdown in the country from May 3 to May 20. #PIBFactCheck: This claim is fake. The central government has not made any such announcement,” tweeted PIB.
सोशल मीडिया पर वायरल हो रहे एक पोस्ट में दावा किया जा रहा है कि केंद्र सरकार ने देश में 3 मई से 20 मई तक सम्पूर्ण लॉकडाउन लगाने की घोषणा की है।#PIBFactCheck: यह दावा #फर्जी है। केंद्र सरकार ने ऐसी कोई घोषणा नहीं की है। pic.twitter.com/Xt93IDnMcc
— PIB Fact Check (@PIBFactCheck) April 30, 2021
Earlier on Friday, the government had clarified that there would be no lockdown across the states. As per a notification from the Union Ministry of Home Affairs, states and UTs are advised them to go in for “containment” in districts and areas where the second wave surged.
The ministry directed states and Union Territories to consider containment measures such as restrictions on gatherings, operations of markets, offices, schools and universities, and intensified testing and tracking for immediate implementation based on their assessment of the situation until May 31.
It has suggested intensive, local and focused containment measures in districts and areas with test positivity of 10 per cent and more in the last one week and where more than 60 per cent of oxygen-supported or ICU beds are occupied.
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