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A Recent Tweet Which Shows The Effect Of Coronavirus Lockdowns In Five Countries Is Mostly True

We found that this graph was initially tweeted by Rahul Gandhi on 5 June, 2020 after which it went viral.

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A tweet posted on 7 June, 2020 with charts shows the effect of lockdowns in five different countries including India. 

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It claims that COVID-19 cases in India rose rapidly after the nationwide lockdown was imposed and later lifted when cases continued to rise. Additionally, the above tweet claims that cases in other countries started to decrease after lockdown was imposed. Lockdown in these countries was only lifted when cases were decreasing. This claim is accompanied with five charts showing the daily case rise in five different countries before and after their respective lockdowns.

The attached image of the charts with similar claims has been widely circulating in the past few days on Twitter

Factcheck

A tweet with an image of five charts shows the effect of lockdowns in different countries in terms of daily new COVID-19 cases recorded. We divided the claim into two parts: 

1. In India, cases rose rapidly after lockdown was imposed and then lockdown was lifted when cases were rising.

2. In all other countries, cases started to decrease after the lockdown was imposed and lifted only when cases were decreasing.

As per the charts in the claim, the number of daily new cases were decreasing in the four countries shown when their respective lockdowns were lifted. The opposite is true in India’s case, where the number of daily new cases increased as lockdown restrictions were eased and the unlock stage began. 

Using Twitter advanced search we found that this graph was initially tweeted by Rahul Gandhi on 5 June, 2020 after which it went viral and was shared by many users. He tweeted, “This is what a failed lockdown looks like” along with five charts which show the effect of lockdown in five countries. 

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Rahul Gandhi shared these charts on his Facebook timeline as well on the same day. 

Dhruv Rathee, who describes himself as a political, social and environmental activist, shared this graph titled “Lockdown and Unlock timings of different countries” on his Facebook timeline on 6 June, 2020. 

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A cursory Google search showed us that a few media organisations reported on Gandhi’s tweet claiming India’s failed lockdown as well.

Verifying data in the charts

In order to verify this claim first-hand, we went to the source of this data, Our World In Data, as labeled in the chart image. We downloaded daily new cases data for Spain, Germany, India, Italy and the United Kingdom from 1 February to 4 June, 2020, a day before Gandhi’s claim was tweeted. As per our research, Gandhi was the first to post the image of lockdown charts. 

Once the data was downloaded, we created column charts for the five countries mentioned in order to recreate the image in the claim. This is what it looks like: 

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We took lockdown and unlock dates for each country from the sources linked below. With regard to unlock dates, we took into account the date when each country began easing its nationwide restrictions during the pandemic. 

Spain imposed a state of emergency on 14 March and began easing restrictions from 11 May

Germany imposed a country-wide lockdown on 22 March. Chancellor Angela Merkel announced relaxations of national restrictions on 6 May after talks with leaders of Germany’s 16 federal states. At this point all shops were allowed to reopen. 

India’s PM Narendra Modi declared a nationwide lockdown starting 24 midnight or 25 March, 2020. The first 21 day lockdown was later extended on 15 April and again on 4 May, and termed as Lockdown 2.0 and Lockdown 3.0, respectively. Although the country began to witness considerable relaxations with standalone stores and select liquor shops opening in the third lockdown, the fourth lockdown came to an end on 31 May with announcements of further relaxations in Unlock 1.0. 

On 9 March, 2020 Italy announced its national lockdown. The country began to ease its restrictions on 4 May by allowing factories and parks to reopen. 

United Kingdom’s PM Boris Johnson addressed the nation on coronavirus on 23 March announcing a complete shutdown of the country. Their initial lockdown rules were enacted by a new legislation. On 16 March people were told to avoid all non-essential contact with others, and starting 20 March all pubs, cafes, restaurants and bars were closed. Easing of lockdown restrictions started on 10 May when PM Johnson provided details for several stages in the UK’s coronavirus plan. 

After comparing the charts we created with those posted in the initial claim we noticed that daily cases in the four countries except India were decreasing (with the exception of a few days when new infections surged) as they began easing restrictions. Here, let’s note that even after these countries unlocked there were a few surges. India on the other hand, had daily new infections consistently rising around the time restrictions were eased and the country announced its official Unlock on 31 May. 

Therefore, part one of the claim is true. In India, cases rose rapidly after lockdown was imposed. And the number of new cases continue to rise daily as restrictions are eased and phase one of Unlock began. 

The second part of the claim is partly false and partly true. In the four countries: Spain, Germany, Italy and the United Kingdom, new cases were on the rise even after they went into nationwide lockdowns. Although after a period of consistent rise, daily new cases did begin to decrease, and it’s then that their lockdown restrictions were eased. As shown in the charts we created, the daily new cases were decreasing except for a few days of surge. 

Conclusion

The tweet showing lockdown effects in five countries including India is mostly true. In India, daily new cases were on the rise as it entered and came out of the national lockdown. On the contrary, though Spain, Germany, Italy, and the United Kingdom had an increase in their daily new infections after their respective lockdowns were imposed, restrictions were eased or lockdowns were partially lifted when daily new cases decreased. 

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Result: Mostly True

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No, He Is Not Bharat Biotech’s VP Taking The First Dose of COVID Vaccine ‘Covaxin’

Social media users circulated a false image claiming that the vice president of Bharat Biotech has undergone the first clinical trial of the coronavirus vaccine.

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No, He Is Not Bharat Biotech’s VP Taking The First Dose of COVID Vaccine ‘Covaxin’

Several social users posted a picture of a woman thrusting a syringe in man’s vein and claimed that the man in the picture is Bharat Biotech’s Vice President, Dr. VK Srinivas, and the first dose of the vaccine was administered on him.

According to a report in Live Mint, Bharat Biotech, an unlisted Indian vaccine maker, has received regulatory approval to start human clinical trials for its experimental shot. The phase 1 trial of Covaxine will begin next week. The company has planned to enroll 375 people in the first phase of clinical trials.

We found that the same image is viral on Twitter and Facebook with a caption, “Dr. V. K.Srinivas, Vice President, Bharat biotech, taking Corona vaccine clinical trial immediately after taking the first dose. He is the first person in India to take vaccine developed by him and his team in Bharat Biotech. Look at the confidence.”

Fact Check

As we began fact-checking the claim, we looked for some media reports backing the claim, but we did not find any authentic information to corroborate.

However, during our research, we came across the statement tweeted by Bharat Biotech. In a statement posted on their Twitter handle, Bharat Biotech said that individual images and messages circulated on social media platforms had not disseminated by Bharat biotech. The image is a routine procedural blood draw for testing all production staff.

We now searched, if Dr.VK Srinivas is the Vice President of the Bharat biotech. During our research, we did not find any results for his name. We found that Dr. V Krishna Mohan is the Executive Director, and T Srinivas is the Chief Financial Officer of the management team of the pharmaceutical.

Conclusion

It is evident from our fact check that social media users circulated a false image claiming that the vice president of Bharat Biotech has undergone the first clinical trial of the coronavirus vaccine.

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  • Media Reports
  • Twitter Search

Result: False


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Aamir Khan’s Ghulam Co-Star Javed Hyder is not selling vegetables to survive, Misleading Claim goes Viral

The media reports claiming that Javed Hyder is selling vegetables to survive during ongoing Corona virus pandemic is false.

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Aamir Khan’s Ghulam Co Star Javed Hyder is not selling vegetables to survive, Misleading Claim goes Viral- Newschecker.in

Several media outlets shared a TikTok video of Aamir Khan’s Ghulam co-star Javed Hyder selling vegetables and claimed that he is doing so to survive during ongoing Coronavirus pandemic. Here are some screenshots of the media outlets who reported the same.





Big Boss fame, Dolly Bindra also shared Javed Hyder’s video and tweeted, ‘He is an actor, and today he is selling vegetables…Javed Hyder’. In the viral TikTok video, Javed Hyder is selling vegetables while dancing. He is lip-syncing the famous song ‘Duniya Mein Rehna Hai Toh Kaam Kar Pyaare.’ You can see the video here.

We found that the same claim is viral on Twitter, Facebook and WhatsApp.

The quint also published an article claiming the same. However; they updated their report later on with a disclaimer.

Fact Check

With the help of relevant keywords search on Google, we found several articles clearing the air on the viral claim. In his conversation with Mirror Online, Javed Hyder clarified that he is not a vegetable seller, and the video was just for TikTok.

No, I am not a vegetable vendor. I am an actor by profession even now. The entire selling vegetable video was just an act and I shot that TikTok video only to motivate my followers

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Later, Hindustan times and News 18 India also published an article stating the same.

Conclusion

It is evident from our fact check that media reports claiming that Javed Hyder is selling vegetables to survive during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic are false. Javed Hyder clarified that he is not selling vegetables for a living, whereas the viral video is just a musical one that he made to keep himself busy during the lockdown.

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Result: False


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There Is No Doctor Named Mujahid Hussain In The Ministry Of AYUSH

The Ministry of AYUSH issued a statement on 23 June on Patanjali Ayurved’s claims related to the treatment of COVID-19.

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There Is No Doctor Named Mujahid Hussain In The Ministry Of AYUSH

Claim 

A tweet posted on 25 June claims that Dr. Mujahid Hussain allegedly from the Ministry of AYUSH banned Baba Ramdev’s Patanjali medicine Coronil

This viral tweet has been circulating on social media platforms in the last few days. The post also asserts that Dr. Hussain thinks Ayurveda can’t be promoted to cure the virus.

Fact check 

In the recent past, Baba Ramdev claimed that Coronil and Swasari have shown 100% favorable results during the clinical trial on COVID-19 patients. These medicines are part of a corona kit by Ramdev-led Patanjali which includes a third medicine called Anu Tel. Among these the Ayurvedic drug: Coronil is the most popular drug in conversation because it claims to cure coronavirus infection in just seven days. 

Soon after this, Union AYUSH minister Shripad Naik said that Coronil should not have been advertised by Patanjali Ayurved until AYUSH, which stands for Ayurveda, Yoga & Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy approved it. 

The claim about Dr. Mujahid Hussain as well as other related claims have been circulating on social media platforms after the controversial Patanjali Ayurveda “cure” had been announced and the Centre asked them to stop its advertising. 

The Ministry of AYUSH issued a statement on 23 June on Patanjali Ayurved’s claims related to the treatment of COVID-19.  

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Latest news reports state that an FIR has been filed against Baba Ramdev for misleading people and propagating Patanjali Ayurveda drug Coronil as a cure for COVID-19.  

Our team reached out to the Ministry of Ayush to verify this claim. They clarified that there is no doctor by the name Mujahid Hussain in their ministry. Nor did the ministry fire any doctor or medical officer recently. Related claims on social media are fake. 

You can read our Hindi fact check debunking this claim here

Another related claim has been clarified by the Ministry of AYUSH. 

Additionally, we did not find any news stories which supported this claim. 

Conclusion 

The lack of any news reports supporting the claim in context as well as our direct conversation with a member in the Ministry of AYUSH makes it clear that there was no Dr. Mujahid Hussain banned Baba Ramdev’s Patanjali medicine Coronil

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Result: Fabricated News/False

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