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Is He The Pakistani Doctor Usama Riaz Who Died After Treating COVID-19 Patients? No, Here’s A Fact Check

With the number of cases surging across the globe, governments are leaving no stones unturned to facilitate conditions for social distancing. However, with the rise in the number of cases, there is a surge in the number of rumor-mongering messages, videos, and graphics across various social media platforms. A video is doing rounds on the various social media platforms, especially on ‘YouTube’ claiming that Dr.Usama Riaz, a 26-year-old Pakistani doctor who passed away tackling COVID-19, has left a message for all of us.

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Dr. Usama Riaz, doctor who contracted coronavirus while treating patients had left a message for all of us before he died.

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With the number of cases surging across the globe, governments are leaving no stones unturned to facilitate conditions for social distancing. However, with the rise in the number of cases, there is a surge in the number of rumor-mongering messages, videos, and graphics across various social media platforms. A video is doing rounds on the various social media platforms, especially on ‘YouTube’ claiming that Dr.Usama Riaz, a 26-year-old Pakistani doctor who passed away tackling COVID-19, has left a message for all of us.

We found that several verified Twitter handles, including that of Sonam Mahajan, shared the viral video on their respective handles.

We also found that several social media users shared the viral video with multiple claims. Among them, a Twitter user ‘Ranveer Aulakh’ shared the video claiming that Bhilwara’s coronavirus positive patient Dr. Niyaz Sahab has sent a message to everyone.

Fact Check:

With the help of relevant keywords search, we found several media reports about Dr.Usama Riaz. According to these reports, Dr. Usama Riaz contracted the novel coronavirus while treating pilgrims, who recently returned from Iraq and Iran, in the Gilgit-Baltistan region of Pakistan-occupied Kashmir.

However, while fact-checking the claim, we found that the video doing rounds on social media and the picture of Dr. Usama Riaz in the articles published are not the same.

During our search, we found a tweet of Nimra, one of the relatives of the patient in the viral video. Rubbishing all the claims, Nimra said, the person in the video is her uncle, and his name is Mubhasir and not Dr. Usama Riaz, and that he’s fine now.

With the help of Facebook search, we found the Facebook Profile of Mubhasir Ahmed, where he clarified he is not Dr. Usama Riaz as claimed on social media. Here is the post by Mubhasir Ahmed.

He also posted a live video on March 22, 2020, clarifying the matter.

As we said earlier, we had found that the video doing rounds on social media and the picture of Dr. Usama Riaz in the articles are not the same. Here below is the comparison between Mubhasir Ahmed and Dr.Usama Riaz.

Conclusion

It is evident from our fact check that video doing the rounds on the various social media platforms claiming that the person in the video is Dr.Usama Riaz is misleading. He is Mubhasir Ahmed, who has been living in the United Kingdom.

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  • Google Search
  • Media Reports
  • Twitter Search
  • Facebook Search 

Result: Misattributed 

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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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  • Google Search
  • 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

Javed Hyder To Mirror Online.

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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  • Google Search
  • Twitter Search

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

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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.  

PIB Press Release

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

Tools Used 

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  • Twitter advanced search 

Result: Fabricated News/False

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