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Gujarat Exclusive Impact: Health minister Kishor Kanani clarifies that lockdown messages are fake

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Minister of State of Health, Kishor Kanani on Tuesday clarified that the lockdown messages doing the round asking society and apartment chairmen to voluntarily impose the same is a fake one.

Kanani clarified after Gujarat Exclusive highlighted the message doing the round on Whatsapp. The message, which has been doing the rounds of social media, for the last two days, purportedly quoted Kishor Kanani.

Gujarat Exclusive had earlier carried a story in Gujarati stating that the message was a fake one. The story also said that the message was generated during the original three-month lockdown and had once again resurfaced in circulation this time.

Kishor Kanani in a video message said, “There is a social media message doing the rounds that a lockdown will be imposed in residential societies. This is a fake message and has been forwarded spread by someone trying to spread fear among the people. No lockdown is being imposed anywhere,” Kanani said.

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He also clarified that he has not made any public messages about COVID-19 and the attribution to him is also fake. The fake message on social media went like this..” Chairman and secretaries of residential societies are requested to voluntarily impose lockdown in respective societies.”

The message also made a mention of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s warning that if COVID-19 norms are not followed the situation could worsen.

The message came as Gujarat and Ahmedabad witnessed a surge in COVID-19 cases during the Diwali festivity. A few days before Diwali, photos of people thronging the market forgetting social distancing and violating COVID-19 norms emerged.

COVID-19 in Gujarat

The state on Tuesday recorded 1,125 new COVID-19 cases and seven fatalities due to the disease. The total fatalities in the state now stand at 3815.

 

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