In fact, this is the second time in 24 hours that another government agency has had to put out a fake news alert on the rumour.
A message that has been doing rounds on social media claimed that there will be a military lockdown in Mumbai for 10 days from Saturday.
The message seems to be gaining traction within many Whatsapp groups. Many residents are falling for it, perhaps as Mumbai city continues to witness a huge spike in COVID-19 cases even after taking various measures to contain its spread.
The message, though, is completely fake.
The PIB said that No Army/Navy personnel are being deployed for maintaining law and order in the city. The same clarification was also issued by the Mumbai police on Thursday evening as well.
We know there is a lot of free time. But it can definitely be utilised to do things better than spreading #rumours… https://t.co/4Z92BPo8H8— Mumbai Police (@MumbaiPolice) 1588856173000
Interestingly, along with the messages, an article that was written by the national media panelist of the BJP with the title ‘Uddhav Thackeray’ has failed to handle the COVID crisis. Bring in Army to save Mumbai’ has also been in circulation.
Meanwhile, Maharashtra Health Minister Rajesh Tope expressed confidence that Mumbai city will see a sharp decline in COVID-19 cases in the next 15 to 20 days.
Of the 17,974 COVID-19 cases in Maharashtra, 11,394 were reported from Mumbai alone and the city had recorded 437 deaths from the toll of 694 in the state.