The rise of fake news around the COVID-19 pandemic has been unprecedented

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Fake news is travelling much faster than the coronavirus in India

Even since India's 1st case was reported, social media has been rife with fake posts, rumours and theories

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Here are some of the fake news that went around this week (11th May-15th May):

1. A video is being shared claiming that Muslims flouted the lockdown rules and offered Namaz

Fact Check:

The claim is 'Misleading' as the viral video was captured on March 20, five days before the lockdown was announced.

2.

A post is being circulated saying that workers who worked between the years 1990-2020, have the right to receive a benefit of Rs 1,20,000 from the Ministry of Labour and Employment

Fact check:

The Press Information Bureau (PIB), in a tweet, clarified that the message in question is fake and the government has announced no such schemes.

3.

Multiple posts shared claim that wearing a face mask for an extended time could cause hypercapnia, a condition caused by a buildup of carbon dioxide in the blood

Fact check:

Health experts in Thailand have said that as of May 2020, there is no evidence that wearing a mask for a long period can cause hypercapnia

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4.

A graphic circulated, attributes a claim to the WHO saying that no vegetarian is “affected by coronavirus”

Fack check:

In a statement given to international news agency AFP, India’s WHO representative Supriya Bezbaruah had rubbished this claim.

5.

A video of an overcrowded train is being shared with a claim that it is carrying migrant workers from Mumbai to West Bengal.

Fact check:

According to The Quint, this was a Special Train, which was arranged to carry devotees who had come to attend the Bishwa Ijtema 2018

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