Mock Drill Video From Bihar On COVID-19 Preparedness Shared As Real
BOOM found that the viral video actually shows a mock drill conducted by Hajipur Police.
A video showing a policeman enact being sick as part of a mock drill in Bihar's Hajipur jail is being shared online as a suspected COVID-19 case in the area.
The video shows the policeman animatedly cough and fall to the ground, following which a team of medics attends to him.
The clip is being shared with the caption when translated reads, "Constable in Bihar's Hajipur gets Coronavirus."
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(In Hindi - "बिहार हाजीपुर जेल में सिपाही को Corona Virus, बिहार हाजीपुर जेल में सिपाही को Corona Virus")
We searched with the same caption and found that the video is being shared with the misleading claim.
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Several videos of police mock drills have gone viral with misleading claims in the past.
The viral clip also appears theatrical and staged.
We then searched with keywords 'Hajipur', 'Jail', 'Coronavirus' and found several videos uploaded by Hindi YouTube channels stating that the viral video that was a mock drill conducted by Hajipur Police and district officials to train cops to deal with a suspected COVID-19 case.
BOOM contacted Dr. Gaurav Mangla, Superintendent of Police, Vaishali District (Hajipur is the district capital), who said that the viral video circulating is a mock drill. "That video was a drill carried out by police officials at Hajipur Jail, the rumors circulating on social media are false and baseless," Mangla told BOOM.
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Bihar has reported 65 positive COIVD-19 cases, and one death as of writing this article. Follow BOOM's LIVE blog for recent updates: Coronavirus LIVE Update: India Reports 10363 Cases, 339 Deaths
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