As the number of COVID-19 cases continues to surge in the country, an order-copy from the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA), urging the Centre to re-impose nationwide lockdown from September 25, is doing the rounds.
And as the order copy has been shared over 1000 times on various social media platforms, the anxiety level among the people have risen exponentially.
"Another lockdown means I will have to sell my business and return back to my native place," said Jayanta Nath, a Guwahati-based stationery shop owner.
"The business, since March, has been at its lowest low. Since the lockdown relaxed earlier this month, I have been trying to better things slowly," he said.
"But if another nationwide lockdown is imposed, then I will be left with no other option but sell my shop," he added.
But wait, worry not as there is no such order from the NDMA to the Centre and the order in circulation is fake.
Yes, no nationwide lockdown is being imposed again- neither on September 25 nor in the near future.
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. #PIBFactCheck: This order is #Fake. @ndmaindia has not issued any such order to re-impose lockdown. pic.twitter.com/J72eeA62zl
— PIB Fact Check (@PIBFactCheck) September 12, 2020
"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,” the fake order, bearing the date of September 10, says.
However, The Press Information Bureau has clarified that the order is fake and no nationwide lockdown is being imposed again.
It may be mentioned here that a nationwide lockdown was imposed on March 25 to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus in India.
From June, Centre started unlocking process, which entered the fourth stage in September.
Activities which were prohibited during the two-month lockdown have resumed in a graded manner.
In between, rumours of fresh lockdown spread several times, but the Centre maintained there will be no nationwide lockdown.
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