Around 500 junior doctors of Gandhi Hospital, who went on strike demanding police protection after one of their colleagues was attacked by relatives of a patient, called off their strike after state health minister Etela Rajender assured them that he would look into their demands. The junior doctors, however, have given the state a 15-day deadline to fulfill its promises. They have also demanded decentralisation of COVID-19 cases to other hospitals.
Amidst this, a video of patients playing cricket at Hyderabad’s Gachibowli stadium, which has been turned into a quarantine center, has gone viral.
A Twitter user shared the video and wrote, “This is gachibowli stadium how people r simply playing cricket take action on them (sic).”
This is gachibowli stadium how people r simply playing cricket take action on them pic.twitter.com/SHvIRjb7hm
— Pradeep Netha (@PradeepNetha4) June 11, 2020
Many Facebook users have also been sharing the video with similar claims.
It appears that patients are playing in Gachibowli indoor stadium converted into covid hospital
Chandrasekhar Bhaskara ಅವರಿಂದ ಈ ದಿನದಂದು ಪೋಸ್ಟ್ ಮಾಡಲಾಗಿದೆ ಗುರುವಾರ, ಜೂನ್ 11, 2020
NewsMeter received a request to fact-check this video on our Fact Check Twitter handle @Newsmeterfacts.
— k sudhir raj (@sudhirraj61) June 11, 2020
We also received another video of patients at a quarantine center dancing to the song “Lungi dance” and asking if it was also from the
Gachibowli quarantine center.
The above claims are FALSE.
NewsMeter did a search using keyframes extracted from the video and found that the video of patients playing cricket at the quarantine centre has been shared several times on Facebook. It is reportedly from the Baramulla indoor stadium in Kashmir.
Quarantine Patients Playing Cricket @ Baramulla Indoor sports Stadium…
Truth World News Channel ಅವರಿಂದ ಈ ದಿನದಂದು ಪೋಸ್ಟ್ ಮಾಡಲಾಗಿದೆ ಬುಧವಾರ, ಜೂನ್ 10, 2020
We searched using the keywords ‘Indoor stadium Baramulla’ and found that the stadium shown in the viral video bears resemblance to the Baramulla stadium.
#JammuAndKashmir | Indoor sports stadium at #Baramulla has been converted into a fully-equipped wellness center to treat #COVID19 patients.#coronavirus #lockdown #Covid19 #Lockdown3 pic.twitter.com/6bC0CA9U1g
— First India (@thefirstindia) May 10, 2020
A website named Oneindia.com had also uploaded the video claiming that it showed patients playing cricket at an isolation ward in Kashmir.
The former Chief Minister of J&K, Omar Abdullah, had also shared the video.
The Telangana government has converted the 14-storey sports tower at the Gachibowli Stadium, which had remained unused for more than a decade, into a COVID-19 isolation ward.
Though only a few pictures of the tower are available online, it definitely does not match the premises of the viral video.
Gachibowli Sports Tower turns Covid hospital
The 14-storyed Sports Tower at the Gachibowli Stadium was left unused for more than a decade. Having been constructed in 2007 for the World Military Games….https://t.co/7UBjVQmrql@TelanganaToday#TelanganaFightsCorona pic.twitter.com/hSQJ1Vx6Dw
— TRS Party (@trspartyonline) April 21, 2020
Meanwhile, another video showing patients at a quarantine center dancing to “Lungi dance” is also NOT from Gachibowli stadium.
When we extracted keyframes of the video and searched using keywords ‘COVID patients dancing’, we found that the video was from a government quarantine center in Tripura’s Agartala.
Here are other reports:
Therefore, the claims that two viral videos – one showing patients playing cricket at a quarantine centre and another showing patients dancing to “Lungi dance” at an isolation ward – are from Hyderabad’s Gachibowli stadium are FALSE.