Despite all the containment strategies deployed, the Modi-led government has become the focal point for criticism over not calling for another national lockdown as suggested by medical experts.
Amidst which, reports that the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) is in thoughts of calling for another lockdown from September 25 has been widely shared online.
“In order to contain the spread of Covid-19 and decrease the mortality rate in the country, the National Disaster Management Authority, along with the Planning commission, hereby urges the government of India and directs the Prime Minister office, ministry of home affairs to re-impose a strict nationwide lockdown of 46 days starting from midnight September 25, 2020,” read the circulated order dated September 10th.
However, PIB in a public statement said that the order in circulation was fake and NDMA has not issued any such order to re-impose lockdown. “This order is Fake. NDMA has not issued any such order to re-impose lockdown,” PIB Fact Check tweeted along with a screenshot supposed to be of the agency’s order.
Claim: An order purportedly issued by National Disaster Management Authority claims that it has directed the government to re-impose a nationwide #Lockdown from 25th September. #PIBFactCheck: This order is #Fake. @ndmaindia has not issued any such order to re-impose lockdown. pic.twitter.com/J72eeA62zl
— PIB Fact Check (@PIBFactCheck) September 12, 2020
Prime Minister Narendra Modi had imposed a nationwide lockdown in March-end to contain the spread of the coronavirus. Then the government started lifting the lockdown in phases which began in June.