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    Did Italians Throw Their Money On The Streets Due To COVID-19 Deaths?

    As the COVID-19 death toll in Italy surpasses the 12,000 figure, a set of images showing currency notes littered in the streets is going viral on social media with the claim that Italians are throwing away their money in desperation. The claim is false - these photos were shot in the Venezuelan city of Mérida in March 2019, after some vandals looted a bank and scattered...

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    India's Financial Year Has Not Been Extended To July 1

    The Government of India on Monday rubbished viral claims on social media that financial year 2020 (FY20) would be extended till July 1. These claims were made by misquoting an official government gazette, which notified about extending the implementation of certain amendments to the Indian Stamp Act, and not about an extension to the financial year. The fiscal year in India runs from...

    • 18 hrs ago
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    Video Of Birds Flocking In Ahmedabad Not Linked To COVID-19 Lockdown

    A video of birds flocking together in Ahmedabad earlier this year has been falsely linked to the COVID-19 lockdown and the subsequent movement of wildlife in human habitats. The video shows hundreds of birds flying together in coordination. The phenomenon, known as murmuration, refers to hundreds, sometimes thousands of starlings flying and swooping in an intricately...

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    Hoax Message Claims WhatsApp Group Admins Detained For Coronavirus Fake News

    A viral message claiming 52 WhatsApp group admins were detained by Mumbai Police's cyber crime cell in Dadar for allowing misleading messages about Coronavirus on their groups, is false. BOOM spoke to Mumbai Police Spokesperson, DCP Pranay Ashok who rubbished the message that claimed that cases were registered against 52 group admins. The WhatsApp forward reads,...

    • 20 hrs ago
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    BOOM Quiz 8: So You Think You Know COVID-19?

    With over 800,000 cases globally, COVID-19 has gotten major parts of the world in lockdown. Fighting this pandemic requires us to be educated and well informed about this novel coronavirus and the highly infectious disease it causes. To see how well informed you are, try out our daily quiz on COVID-19.

    • 22 hrs ago
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    Anti-HIV Drugs For COVID-19: What It Really Means

    The successful treatment of three COVID-19 patients in Rajasthan recently with anti-HIV drugs has given rise to speculation that Indian doctors have found a cure for the deadly disease. However, this is only half the picture for the following reasons. - There is still no prescribed treatment or preventive protocol for COVID-19 -The anti-HIV drugs are not being administered alone but are being...

    • 22 hrs ago
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    COVID-19 Spreading More Panic Than Virus?

    'Need to reserve hospitals for the sick COVID-19 patients who need assistive treatment,' says Dr. Hemant Thacker, Consultant & Senior Physician At Jaslok Hospital & Breach Candy Hospitals. He further said that not all COVID-19 patients need to be hospitalised. Here are a few more points that Dr. Hemant Thacker made - * Doctors world over are trying a few combination of antiviral drugs as that...

    • 22 hrs ago
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    Mumbai Police Call Out WhatsApp Audio Clips Going Viral In Its Name.

    Mumbai Police took to social media to call out two audio clips that are going viral on WhatsApp with a false claim that they are audio messages from Parambir Singh - commissioner of police. While one of the audio clips talks about police taking strict action to enforce the 21-day lockdown, the second clip claims India will see a spike in Coronavirus cases after March 27,...

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    No, PM Modi Didn't Announce An Internet Shutdown During 21 Days Lockdown

    A news graphic claiming Prime Minister Narendra Modi has announced a one week internet shut down in India is quite viral on social media. The viral graphic states that it has been done to avoid panic in public through social media. But BOOM found that the graphic is photoshopped. Watch this episode of Fact Vs Fiction to know how we fact-checked it. Read more about the story...

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    Images Of Baby With Birth Defect Falsely Linked To Coronavirus

    A set of images of a stillborn with a serious birth defect, has gone viral on social media with misleading claims linking it to Coronavirus and black magic, separately. BOOM found that the baby was born at a village in Rajasthan with anencephaly - a serious birth defect - in which a baby is born without parts of the brain and skull. Babies born with this condition are either...

    • 2 days ago

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