HYDERABAD: An ABP news clip of Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal announcing a lockdown in Delhi till March 31, is viral on social media.

Netizens claim that this is a recent announcement. However, NewsMeter found that this clip is from March 2020.

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We searched online with relevant keywords and found the original ABP News bulletin on YouTube. The bulletin is dated 22 March 2020 and is titled, "Lockdown in Delhi from 6 am to 31 March tomorrow".

On March 22, 2020, Delhi Chief Minister and Lieutenant Governor held a press conference and announced a lockdown from 6 am on 23 March to midnight of 31 March.

"Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal today announced a slew of measures to counter the rapid spread of novel coronavirus. He announced a complete lockdown from 6 am tomorrow till midnight of March 31. No public transport services including private buses, autos, and e-rickshaws will be allowed during the lockdown period in Delhi. 25 percent of the DTC bus fleet will continue to ply on roads of Delhi to carry people involved in essential services," reads The Economic Times report in March last year.

Apart from this, the fact check wing of the Press Information Bureau tweeted that this video was from last year. "It's an old news clip & is being shared without any context".

Delhi health minister Satyendar Jain also clarified that a lockdown will not take place in Delhi as it is not the solution to curb the spread of coronavirus.

Thus, it is clear that an old video of Kejriwal announcing lockdown in Delhi has resurfaced. It is being passed off as recent.

Claim Review :   Arvind Kejriwal and Anil Baijal announcing a lockdown in Delhi till March 31
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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