Fact Check: Is India preparing for another lockdown from September 25?

New Delhi : Amid rising cases of coronavirus in India, faster than any other country in the world right now, a news is being spread on social media that Indian authorities are planning for another complete lockdown from September 25, like it was done on March 22.

A screenshot from NDMA’s order (apparently fake) is being circulated on the social media with a mention of fresh lockdown.

“In order to contain the spread of Covid-19 and decrease the mortality rate in the country, the National Disaster Management Authority, along with the Planning commission, hereby urges the government of India and directs the Prime Minister office, ministry of home affairs to re-impose a strict nationwide lockdown of 46 days starting from midnight September 25, 2020. Maintaining the supply chain of essential commodities in the country, therefore hereby NDMA is issuing a prior notice to the ministry to plan accordingly,” says the “order” dated September 10.

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Press Information Bureau has cleared the air and has mentioned that the order in circulation is fake.

“Claim: An order purportedly issued by National Disaster Management Authority claims that it has directed the government to re-impose a nationwide lockdown from 25th September. PIB Fact Check: This order is Fake. NDMA has not issued any such order to re-impose lockdown,” PIB tweeted.

In past few days, India has registered a huge spike in the number of daily cases which are around 1 lakh.

Recently, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said despite “unlock” measures to open up the economy, citizens must follow all precautions including masks and social distancing until a vaccine is found.

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