Hyderabad: A video of a young man lying on a hospital bed with difficulty in breathing is viral on social media. Social media users claimed that the man had tested positive for COVID-19 after writing the B.Ed entrance exam in Uttar Pradesh in August 2020.
A Twitter user shared the video with the same claim and wrote,”@Swamy39 @DrRPNishank BJP GOV FAILED TO PROVIDE STUDENTS SAFETY. Saurab Kumar was tested positive 3 days ago after giving UP BEd exam where NO SOP was followed. Postpone NEET & save students @nidhiindiatv
#INDIAunitedtoPostponeJEE_NEET https://t.co/EpTahZ5ptD” (sic).
The video had notched 19,000 views.
— Yuvraj (@Yuvraj45204664) August 22, 2020
Newsmeter performed a reverse image search using keyframes of the video and found the same video on YouTube, dated 29 March 2020. This indicates that the video is not linked to the B.Ed entrance exam that took place in August.
Another tweet dated 23 March 2020 mentioned the hashtags #coronaPakistan and #covid_19pakistan.
Another victim of coronavirus#CoronavirusPandemic #coronawarriors #CoronaVirusUpdates #coronaPakistan #CoronavirusLockdown #Covid_19india #covid_19pakistan
Safe your self from corona virus
Thanks for sharing and watching pic.twitter.com/IrDGJvNp4V
— Atifshoukatali_Official (@AtifShoukatAli2) March 23, 2020
Vikas Saraswat, a writer, and columnist, also tweeted and shared the same video on 24 March 2020 and mentioned that the video is from Pakistan.
Before worrying about anything else during this #CoronaVirusLockdown just check this frightening video from Pakistan. This is what the highly contagious virus can lead to. And on a massive scale. Trust your leadership. Twenty one days will be gone soon #ModiKiBatMano pic.twitter.com/hgxRV00uxZ
— Vikas Saraswat (@VikasSaraswat) March 24, 2020
Furthermore, a longer version of the video had been uploaded to YouTube on 29 March 2020. This video shows an ambulance with ‘Rescue 1122’ written on the front. Rescue 1122, is an emergency service that serves the Punjab Province in Pakistan.
Therefore, the footage from Pakistan’s Punjab province was falsely mentioned as India and the claim that the video is linked to the B.Ed entrance examinations in Uttar Pradesh are false.