India wants social media to remove or censor ‘Indian variants’ of COVID-19, saying it is ‘fake’
India clarified that there were no “Indian variants” of COVID-19. He wants social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter to remove or censor posts related to bogus claims. While it is true that India has been hit by one of the most severe cases of COVID-19 in this pandemic, it would like to correct claims of a new strain.
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NEW DELHI, INDIA – MAY 23: Patients who test positive for the Covid-19 coronavirus rest in isolation / Covid care center set up by a charity with support from the Delhi government following the increase cases of Covid contagion on May 23, 2021 in New Delhi, India. The prolonged and devastating wave of Covid-19 infections in India has engulfed cities and overwhelmed urban health resources, but it has also reached rural areas of India, where the true scale of the devastation is not may never be known due to lack of widespread testing or reliable data.
Reports like the “Indian variant” of COVID-19 spread like wildfire, especially as they had joined news of the staggering increase in cases of infected people and deaths in the country. It was known that India is severely overpopulated and has faced many healthcare challenges in the country leading to this crisis.
Despite the rollout of COVID-19 vaccines and some countries reopening the public to socialization like Israel (and more face masks), there are still some still struggling amid this health crisis like India. Other countries have extended their aid to the South Asian country, including France, which has shared tanks of oxygen for medical use.
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India claims falsity of ‘Indian variant’ mentioned on social media
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Migrant workers line up to enter a train station and leave the city before a lockdown to slow the spread of Covid-19 on April 14, 2021 in Mumbai, India.
Despite the first COVID-19 ‘Double Mutation’ variant discovered in states across the country, India is now making a false claim about the spread of the so-called ‘India variant’ attributed to them. The severe case of COVID-19 in the country has led people on social media platforms to believe the country has developed a new strain of the virus.
According to Reuters, the Indian Ministry of Information Technology (IT) has reached out to various social media companies around the world to help them stop the spread of the fake news that is spreading. Due to the case of India, the belief and rumor regarding the Indian variant is high hence its spread which has been established.
The likes of Facebook, Twitter and other social media platforms have been sought by India for its removal and censorship, but so far none have commented or taken action.
India’s COVID-19 case
Amid this pandemic and a massive case of COVID-19 in India, the country has suffered from several cases of ‘black fungus’, which also poses a deadly threat to those infected. According to the BBC report, India has an increasing epidemic case, and that’s because of mucormycosis, which has a 50 percent death rate.
The country has seen these spikes in people infected with COVID-19, particularly 12 to 15 days after diagnosis. This phenomenon was seen last week, as India finally lowered its cases and infection rate.
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