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As the covid restrictions are being eased across states, hill stations like Manali, Shimla, Kullu, Dehradun etc., are witnessing huge footfall. The covid guidelines are being neglected in such a way that it seems pandemic never happened. In the middle of all of this, a picture is widely shared on social media, in which a huge crowd of people can be seen.
Sharing the picture on Facebook and Twitter, connecting to the coronavirus pandemic, users are claiming that this is a recent picture from Manali, Himachal Pradesh.
It is widely shared on Facebook as well.
The image of the massive crowd is a recent picture from Manali.
The viral claim is false.
We searched about the image using Google reverse image. In our search, we found a Twitter account named Sai Kiran, which suggests that the viral image was taken in January by a Facebook user named Amigosblink.
We searched the profile Amigosblink on Facebook, where this picture was shared for the first time on 23 January 2021 and was told to be of Manali. In scanning the profile of this user, we found a post made on 5 July 2021, in which he shared the viral picture and said that the picture which is going viral is not recent, but of 31 December 2020.
We also found a timelapse video of the same scene on Amigosblink's profile. He posted the video with the caption "new year eve Manali, 31st December 2020".
We started searching the recent videos and pictures of Manali in further investigation. We found a recent video of Manali tweeted by ANI on July 5, 2021. In this video, the crowd of tourists visiting Mall Road, Manali, can be seen.
It is evident from the clarification from Amigosblink's profile who first shared this original picture that this picture is not a recent one but of December 2020. However, hill stations like Manali, Shimla, Kullu and Dehradun are indeed witnessing huge tourist footfall.
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