HYDERABAD: A logo of TV9 Marathi is viral on social media with users claiming that Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray has announced a 15-day strict lockdown to control the COVID-19 cases in the state.

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We searched online for news reports on Thackeray announcing the lockdown and found none.

In his address on February 21, the CM said that it would take a few days to ascertain the situation and that a lockdown will have to be announced if the cases keep increasing. However, the lockdown has not yet been confirmed.

We then found a tweet by TV9 Marathi on March 22, 2020, that carried the same still.

Below is a comparison that shows the difference between the real and the viral bulletin. Upon close observation, it can be noticed that the font of the text plate is different in the viral screenshot.

Evidently, a screenshot of a TV9 Marathi is viral with the false claim that Thackeray has announced a lockdown from March 1.

Claim Review :   Maha CM has announced statewide lockdown from March 1
Claimed By :  Facebook 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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