Fact Check: Video Of West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee Announcing Lockdown Rules For Aug 2020 Viral As Recent

A video of West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee announcing lockdown in the state for the month of August 2021 is doing rounds on social media.

The video is being shared with the caption, “August month lockdown in West Bengal.”

Here’s the link to the above post. Another link can be seen here.

Some users also shared a list of dates for the lockdown along with the above video.

The posts can be seen here and here.

FACT CHECK 

NewsMobile fact-checked the post and found the claim to be misleading.

While looking for similar posts on Facebook, we found that the same video was also shared by Facebook users in August 2020.

Taking a cue from this, we ran a keyword search and found that the same press conference was streamed live by the official Facebook page of Mamata Banerjee on July 28, 2020.

We also found multiple reports from 2020 confirming the same. The headline of the report by Times Now dated July 28, 2020, read, “Biweekly complete lockdown in West Bengal extended till August 31, festival days exempted.”

Other media reports can be seen here, here and here.

Moreover, we also found a post by Howrah City Police dated July 28, 2021, where they have clarified that the viral message regarding the dates of the lockdown is false. 

“There is no such order of Lockdown in the month of August 2021. All to note this Fake message is being circulated in social media. Verify before trust what is true and what not#FakeNews #SafeHowrahCity #HowrahCityPolice,” the post read.

In other news, we found that the West Bengal government has extended the COVID-19 lockdown like restrictions in the state till August 15. However, certain relaxations will be provided.

WB lockdown

According to the government notice, night curfew will remain in place from 9 pm – 5 am. Buses, taxis, autorickshaws can operate with 50 per cent capacity and government and private offices can also function with half manpower.

Hence, from the above information, it is clear that the viral social media posts are misleading.

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