A screenshot has gone viral claiming that all schools, colleges, institutes, and religious places in Jharkhand will be closed from December 6 to January 1.
New Delhi, India: On the Internet, a message claiming that a lockdown will be imposed in Jharkhand starting December 6 has gone viral. The lockdown has been announced until January 1 in response to the new coronavirus variant Omicron, according to a tweet from the state’s Chief Minister, Hemant Soren.
However, the Jharkhand Chief Minister’s Office stated on Saturday (December 4) that the screenshot is a “fake post” and that the state government has made no such decision.
Hemant Soren’s office took to Twitter to say, “This circulated screenshot of Hon’ble CM Hemant Soren’s Twitter account is a hoax. The State Government has REITERATED that no such decision on COVID-19 Lockdown has been made. The Jharkhand Police Department has been directed to file a FIR, identify the criminals, and take appropriate action.
In light of the Omicron variant, the fake screenshot also claimed that all schools, colleges, institutes, and religious places would be closed from December 6 to January 1.
Meanwhile, India reported two more cases of the Omicron variant on Saturday. After returning from the “at-risk” countries of Zimbabwe and South Africa, a 72-year-old NRI man from Gujarat and a 33-year-old man from Maharashtra were found infected with the new strain, bringing the total number of such cases in the country to four.
To keep the Omicron variant at bay, states have tightened restrictions, and the Centre has advised them to conduct increased surveillance of international travellers and monitor emerging COVID-19 hotspots.