Hyderabad: Coronavirus cases in India as of April 21 have touched 19,985, with Maharashtra being the most affected, having crossed the 5,000 mark on Wednesday. Due to the increasing cases Prime Minister Narendra Modi has increased the lockdown till May 3 across the country. Since March 23 all the hotels and other tourist destinations have also been shut. Amidst this, an order of the ministry of tourism is going viral on social media.

It claims, "Hotels, restaurants, resorts all over India will remain closed till 15 October 2020 due to coronavirus disease spread all over the world."

Fact Check:

The press note is fake. "The ministry of tourism has not announced anything officially. It took to twitter saying, Cyber Crime Unit; Mumbai police has initiated investigation into fake news being circulated in @tourismgoi's name. Respective authorities will take action against guilty individuals, including but not limited to initiation of criminal proceedings under relevant laws. (SIC)"

Press Information Bureau (PIB) which is running a twitter channel to burst fake news amid coronavirus lockdown also clarified that no such order has been issued by the ministry of tourism.

Moreover, ministry of tourism publishes all its press releases on the official website, with a release ID and it is usually shared via PIB to other media channels and to the public.

PIB Press release

While going through the website it was also noticed that, the ministry doesn't use logo in public documents. In it is simply mentioned ministry of tourism.

Ministry Tourism

Claim – Hotels, Restaurants and resorts to be closed till Oct 15

Claims by – Posts by twitter users

Fact Check – False

Claim Review :   Ministry of tourism ask hotels to remain closed till Oct 15
Claimed By :  Social Media Users
Fact Check :  False

Aiswarya Sriram

Aiswarya Sriram is a budding multimedia journalist and is currently working for NewsMeter as a "Factcheck Freelancer". A graduate from Indian Institute of Journalism and New Media (IIJNM) Bangalore, Aiswarya has earlier worked with The Logical Indian and has interned with Republic TV. Aiswarya, a Tamilian who was born and brought up in Mumbai, loves to do rural reporting. She has visited Byadgi Taluk of Karnataka, to write about the issues faced by chilli factory workers there, earlier in 2019. A craft enthusiast, Aiswarya also does quilling, painting and glass work. On her off-days, she loves to read crime-thrillers and watch anime. She primarily reports on civic issues, GHMC, human-interesting features, and fact-checking video stories.

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