Hyderabad: More than a hundred people have tested positive for coronavirus and a hunt is on for suspected cases after a large religious gathering at Delhi's Nizamuddin Markaz emerged as COVID 19 hotspot.

More than 2000 people were evacuated from the Nizamuddin building, and several people are reported to have left the premises after attending the congregation held from March 13 -15. Several states are now on high alert and testing every person who came in contact with the people who attended the congregation.

As this news started spreading, a video showing people in Mosque sitting on their knees and praying. This video is shared virally with a claim that "Purposefully sneezing in the mosque to spread the virus in Hazrat Nizamuddin mosque in Delhi"

Fact Check:

This claim is FALSE.

When keyframes from the video were extracted using the Invid tool, and are searched with Google reverse image search, we found that this video is in circulation for the past few months.

This video has been shared by Pakistani users with a claim کرونا وائرس پاکستان پہنچ گیا۔😂😂which means "Corona enters Pakistan" on social media.

It has been shared on Facebook on January 30, 2020

and also on Twitter on January 31, 2020

It is also been uploaded on a youtube channel named Islami Lara اسلامی لارہ on January 29, 2020.

In this video, we can hear people breathing heavily and moving their heads vigorously up and down. When searched, we found that it is called Zikr or Zikir. This is a method of praying followed majorly by people following the Sufism school of thought.

Though the origin of the video could not be found, this does NOT belong to Nizamuddin Markaz in Delhi. Also, this is NOT a purposeful sneezing technique used to spread the Corona pandemic in India.

Therefore, the above claim is FALSE.

Claim Review :   Sufi ritual video circulated with links to Nizamuddin Markaz
Claimed By :  Social Media Users
Fact Check :  False

Satya Priya BN

Motivated professional with a zeal to learn, Sathya Priya has more than 5 years of experience as a Content and Digital manager in Press, Electronic and Digital media. She is Andhra Pradesh government accredited Multimedia Journalist. Ms Priya has worked for more than 4 years as Web and Digital media manager in Bhaarat Today, telugu TV channel. Along with news, she has experience in television program production. Demonstrated excellent management and leadership skills to lead the Digital Media staff. Worked collaboratively with staff, management and IT support. A science Post Graduate, with great computing skills, She is a fact checker certified by Google News Initiative. She has also completed Fundamentals of Digital Marketing Certification from Google.

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