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).”

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.

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.

Fact Check:

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.

https://kashmirdespatch.com/sports-stadium-turned-covid-19-wellness-center-in-baramulla/

https://www.republicworld.com/india-news/city-news/covid-19-baramulla-indoor-stadium-converted-into-quarantine-centre.html

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.

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:

https://zeenews.india.com/hindi/india/states/agartala-covid-19-patients-doing-lungi-dance-inside-quarantine-centre/693789

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.

Satya Priya BN

Motivated professional with a zeal to learn, Sathya Priya has more than 5 years of experience as a Content and Digital manager in Press, Electronic and Digital media. She is Andhra Pradesh government accredited Multimedia Journalist.
Ms Priya has worked for more than 4 years as Web and Digital media manager in Bhaarat Today, telugu TV channel. Along with news, she has experience in television program production. Demonstrated excellent management and leadership skills to lead the Digital Media staff. Worked collaboratively with staff, management and IT support.
A science Post Graduate, with great computing skills, She is a fact checker certified by Google News Initiative. She has also completed Fundamentals of Digital Marketing Certification from Google.

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