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.
पुण्यातील रस्त्यांवर कोरोनाचे रुग्ण सार्वजानिक ठिकाणी सापडण्यास सुरवात झाली आहे— #EndAnimalSacrifices 🇮🇳 (@Nami_fight4life) June 24, 2020
भयानक परिस्थिती आहे
सर्वांनीच आपली व आपल्या कुटुंबाची काळजी घ्या ....
सुरक्षित रहा ...🙏#ChineseVirusCorona is serious don't think to take it lightly🙏🙏🙏#WearMask #ObeySocialDistancing pic.twitter.com/RMUiSeTWIY
Corona patients have started appearing in public places on the streets of Pune 😢— Naser (@Naser23111034) June 23, 2020
The situation is dire, kindly please take care of yourself and your family
Stay safe ...🙏🏻#corona #pune pic.twitter.com/Qr7UWBEyW5
Video Shows COVID-19 Positive person being carried in Ambulance at Pune's Deccan Corner.
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.'
पुण्यात आज डेक्कन परिसरात कोरोना संसर्गाच्या पार्श्वभूमीवर मॉक ड्रिल करण्यात आले होते. सर्व यंत्रणांची सतर्कता तपासण्यासाठी हे मॉक ड्रिल करण्यात येत असते. मात्र या व्हिडीओचा वापर करुन वेगळ्या अर्थाने समाजमाध्यमांमध्ये पसरवला जात आहे. कृपया आपण सर्वांनी याची नोंद घ्यावी ! pic.twitter.com/EPHYBR5Bv6— Murlidhar Mohol (@mohol_murlidhar) June 23, 2020
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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