Fact Check: Video Viral With Claim Of COVID-19 Patients Out In Public Places In Pune

The Logical Indian Fact Check team investigates the claim that a viral video Shows COVID-19 Positive person in distress at Pune's Deccan Corner.

Maharashtra   |   25 Jun 2020 11:40 AM GMT / Updated : 2020-06-26T12:34:56+05:30
Writer : Aditi Chattopadhyay | Editor : Bharat Nayak | Creatives : Abhishek M
Fact Check: Video Viral With Claim Of COVID-19 Patients Out In Public Places In Pune

A video showing paramedics dressed in hazmat suits (hazardous materials suit), a piece of personal protective equipment that consists of an impermeable whole-body garment worn as protection against hazardous materials, carrying a man who has collapsed on the pavement, is being circulated on social media.

The video was shot at Deccan Corner, one of the busiest junctions of Pune.

"Corona patients have started appearing in public places on the streets of Pune. The situation is really serious. Take care of yourself and your family (Translated from Hindi)" reads the caption of one such post.


Video Shows COVID-19 Positive person being carried in Ambulance at Pune's Deccan Corner.

Fact Check:

The claim is misleading.

Video Taken Out Of Context

After the video went viral on social networking sites and WhatsApp, Mayor of Pune, Murlidhar Mohol, debunked the claims surrounding the viral video on June 23.

He tweeted that it was a routine exercise 'to check agility of government response agencies.'

The video was also posted by Pune Mirror.

According to the caption of the video, Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) health officials had conducted a mock drill at Deccan Corner to gauge the response time of concern authorities in case a COVID-19 related emergency arises.

The Pune district had recorded 12 deaths due to COVID-19 on June 22 along with 352 new cases. Till Wednesday, Pune district reported 617 fatalities due to COVID-19.

A Times Of India report stated that the civic body in Pune had conducted these muck drills in two places: Khandujibaba Chowk at Deccan Gymkhana and Balgandharv Chowk.

The aim of these mock drills was to check its preparedness to tackle the Covid-19 outbreak and also diseases such as dengue and malaria.

The mock drill was conducted by the insect control wing of the Pune Municipal Corporation's (PMC) Shivajinagar-Ghole Road ward office, Nitin Udas, deputy commissioner of Zone-2, informed.

The video has already been busted by boomlive.

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Also Read: Fact Check: Dubious Infographic Stating 'Risk Of Community Transmission In Indian States' Propagated As 'News'

Claim Review :  Video Shows COVID-19 Positive person in distress at Pune’s Deccan Corner.
Claimed By :  Social Media posts
Fact Check :  Misleading
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Aditi Chattopadhyay

Aditi Chattopadhyay

Fact Checker

Aditi, part of the fact checking team of The Logical Indian likes to read, write, cook and laugh, in short live life as it is supposed to be. What makes her fascinated is to discover the truth behind a story and more often than not, it is either fact or myth at the end.

Bharat Nayak

Bharat Nayak

Founding Editor- Special Project

As the founding editor, Bharat had been heading the newsroom during the formation years of the organization and worked towards editorial policies, conceptualizing and designing campaign strategies and collaborations. He believes that through the use of digital media, one could engage the millennial's in rational conversations about pertinent social issues, provoking them to think and bring a behavioral change accordingly.

Abhishek M

Abhishek M

Creative Producer

" An engineer by profession, Abhishek is the creative producer of the team, graphic designing is his passion and travelling his get away. In more ways than one, he makes the content visually appealing."

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