Fact Check: No, Jharkhand CM Hemant Soren has NOT Announced Lockdown Due To New COVID-19 Variant

A screenshot purportedly belonging to the Chief Minister of Jharkhand, Hemant Soren, has gone viral on social media claiming that he has announced a lockdown in the state due to the new Omicron variant of COVID-19.

The tweet reads, “मेरे झारखंड वासियों आप सभी को मालूम ही होगा की एक घातक वेरिएंट आया है जिसका नाम ओमीर्कोन है। आप सभी के सुरक्षा के लिए झारखंड में लोकडाउन लगने वाला है। 6 दिसंबर 2021 से 1 जनवरी 2022
तक स्कूल कॉलेज इंस्टिट्यूट आंगनवाड़ी धर्म स्थान पार्क सब बंद रहेंगे और सारे एग्जाम कैंसिल अगर कहीं जरूरी
काम से जाना है तो ई-पास लगेगा सुरक्षित रहें। घर में रहे। #stayhome #staysafe #jharkhandsarkar.” (English translation: My people of Jharkhand, all of you must know that a deadly variant has come up which is named Omircon. For the safety of all of you, there is going to be a lockdown in Jharkhand from 6 December 2021 to 1 January 2022. School, college, institute anganwadi, religious place and park all will remain closed and all exams will be canceled if necessary. If you have to go to work, you will need an e-pass, stay safe. Stay at home.”)

The link to the post can be seen here.

FACT CHECK

NewsMobile did a fact-check and found the claim to be fake.

On searching with the keywords, “Jharkhand lockdown news” we found no media reports of Jharkhand undergoing a lockdown recently.

We also found out that the Office of Chief Minister of Jharkhand, in a tweet, has refuted the viral claim and said that it is fake.

The Tweet reads, “This screenshot of Hon’ble CM @HemantSorenJMM’s twitter account in circulation is a fake post. It is REITERATED that no such decision on COVID-19 Lockdown has been taken by the State Government. @JharkhandPolice is instructed to file FIR, identify the miscreants & take action.”

We found that Jharkhand is on an alert due to the rise of Omicron, the new COVID-19 variant. According to a report published by The Telegraph, the Additional chief secretary in the state health department Arun Kumar Singh has issued guidelines stating that “All those who returned to the state from offshore countries must be tracked and samples collected within 48 hours for RT-PCR testing. All positive samples must be promptly sent to ILS Bhubaneshwar for genome testing and rigorous surveillance of past travel details of all such returnees must be reviewed and reports sent to the state headquarters.”

The report further reads, “All symptomatic passengers must be immediately isolated and taken to a medical facility as per the set protocol. If anyone tests positive, their contacts testing should be tested on priority for further safeguard.

Thus, based on the above information, we can ascertain that the viral claim is fake and there is no lockdown in Jharkhand as of now.

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