Hyderabad: A report by Lokmat, a Marathi news organization, claimed that the Central government is likely to announce a nationwide lockdown across the country to curb the spread of COVID-19.


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FACT CHECK:

This is a false claim as the government is not likely to announce a nationwide lockdown.

The Union finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman has recently stated that there is no plan to impose a countrywide lockdown. The Centre will concentrate on creating small containment zones to curb the spread of the deadly virus but no countrywide lockdown will be imposed. Several news reports have covered this issue and all reported that there will no countrywide lockdown.

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A recent video report by the ABP News showed the Prime Minister Narendra Modi stating that India does not need another lockdown as the country has sufficient resources to tackle the disease and treat the patients. He advocated more focus on micro-containment zones.


Furthermore, the Lokmat news report was also termed false by the Press Information Bureau of India. "A report by Lokmat claimed that the government is likely to announce a nationwide lockdown across the country to curb the spread of #COVID19. #PIBFactCheck: This claim is #Fake."

Hence, it is clear that there has been no announcement from the Central government about it planning to impose a nationwide lockdown.


Claim Review :   Modi government will declare a nationwide lockdown
Claimed By :  Social Media Users
Fact Check :  False

Misha Rajani

Misha Rajani is a Fact Checker at NewsMeter. She is currently pursuing her Master's degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from St. Francis College for Women. She has written a thesis on “ Role of social media in highlighting injustice”. Apart from pursuing a career in news writing, Misha is also skilled in graphic designing. You can follow Misha on Twitter @misharajani00

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