Govt. Spraying Medicine to Kill COVID-19 in Air at Night: Fact Check


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Govt. Spraying Medicine to Kill COVID-19 in Air at Night

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Message from Municipal Commissioner: “Hello i kindly request you not to come out of your house after 10 pm tonight till tomorrow 5 am…as their will be spraying medicine in the air in order to kill the COVID-19!!

Share this information to all your friends, relatives and your families…

Thank you!”

Other Versions

1. Hello,

everyone in Bangalore kindly request you not to come out of your house after 10 pm tonight till tomorrow 5 am…. As BBMP will be spraying medicine in the air in order to kill the COVID-19!!

Share this information to all your friends, relatives and family members who are residing in Bangalore.

Thank you! From BBMP

2. (Telugu)

ముఖ్య గమనిక

ఈ రోజు రాత్రి 11 :30 తర్వాత మొత్తం ఒమన్ (మస్కట్) దేశం అంతటా మిలిటరీ హెలికాప్టర్లతో  కరోనా వైరస్ నిర్మూలనకై ప్రత్యేక రాసాయనాన్ని (Pesticides) ఆకాశంలో విడుస్తున్నారు

కావున ఎవ్వరూ కూడా ఆ సమయంలో బయటకు రావద్దని సూచించారు

బిల్డింగ్ పైన మీరు వాడే ఏ వస్తువులను (బట్టలు, తినే పదార్థాలు) కూడా ఉంచరాదు అని ప్రకటించారు

Be Safe & Carefully

వీలైతే అందరికి ఫార్వర్డ్ చేయండి ఫ్రెండ్స్

Fact Check:

Various messages doing rounds on WhatsApp and other social media platforms claim Government is Spraying Medicine for COVID-19 in Air at Night hours. So, the messages in different languages request residents not to come out of house after 10 pm till next day 5 am. Some versions also mentioned military Helicopters will spray Pesticide medicines to kill the deadly strain of Coronavirus, COVID-19. No, the claims are not true and explained here.

No Government Spraying Medicine in Air to Kill COVID-19

The messages in circulation request people not to come out of their house after 10 pm till next day 5 am, saying officials will be spraying medicine in the air in order to kill the COVID-19. Some also go on to suggest people not to keep any kind of clothes or food items on building terraces in those night hours. Then they ask readers to forward the message to others. Again, there are no credible reports to authenticate the claims.

One version of the message mentioned BBMP (i.e. Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike) doing it. However, on 18th March 2020, BBMP Mayor of Bengaluru, M Goutham Kumar clarified there is no such directive from BBMP. Further, he told people not to fall prey to rumors and Call 104 for any help.

Another version of the message doing rounds in Telugu language mentions Oman government spraying pesticides in air to kill COVID-19. Again, National Crisis & Emergency Management Authority of UAE (NCEMA) denied spraying pesticides in the sky of the country as part of the precautionary measures to prevent Coronavirus. The Ministry of Health quashed the rumors, saying there will be no such operations. UAE government also warned people against spreading false information about the Coronavirus outbreak, adding it is a punishable crime.

To Conclude

So, the messages claiming government is spraying medicine in air during night hours to kill COVID-19 are hoaxes. Looks like, the actual intent of them to tell people to stay indoors. As a matter of fact, amidst COVID-19 outbreak, many Governments across the world have advised residents to stay indoors and stay safe. Some companies in IT and other sectors also allowed employees to work from home. The idea is not to allow the virus spread further as governments and medical experts are working to contain and treat/cure it. For other important measures to prevent the deadly infection, you can read our article.

Hoax or Fact:

Hoax.


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