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2020 video is now shared as Yogi Adityanath announcing new lockdown measures in UP

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A video is being shared on social media claiming it as the visuals of Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath announcing the new lockdown measures in the 15 districts of Uttar Pradesh. Let’s verify the claim made in the post.

The archived version of the post can be seen here.

Claim: UP CM Yogi Adityanath announced the new lockdown measures in 15 districts of Uttar Pradesh.

Fact: The video shared in the post is an old one. This video shows Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath announcing the lockdown measures in 15 districts of Uttar Pradesh on 22 March 2020.  Yogi Adityanath announced this lockdown as a preventive measure to contain the spread of the COVID-19 virus in the state last year. Hence, the claim made in the post is FALSE.

When we searched for this video using the keywords ‘Yogi Adityanath announces lockdown in 15 districts of Uttar Pradesh’, a video with similar visuals was found on the official Facebook page of ‘India TV’ news channel. This video was published on 22 March 2020, with the title ‘Coronavirus in Uttar Pradesh: UP CM Yogi Adityanath announces lockdown in 15 districts’. Yogi Adityanath announced this lockdown as a preventive measure to contain the spread of the COVID-19 virus in the most affected 15 districts of the state last year. The same video was found to be published on the ‘NDTV’ YouTube channel, on 22 March 2020. In the video, NDTV reported that Yogi Adityanath announced a lockdown in 15 districts till 25 March 2020.

News articles published on Yogi Adityanath announcing the lockdown measures in 15 districts can be seen here and here. From all these pieces of evidence, it can be concluded that the video is an old one.

In a recent media interaction, Uttar Pradesh Health Minister Jai Pratap Singh clarified that UP Government has no plans to reimpose the night curfew or lockdown measures in the state. In view of upcoming elections and festivals, the Police Commissionerate of Gautam Buddha Nagar released a press note, announcing the imposition of section 144 in Gautam Buddha Nagar from 17 March 2021 to 30 April 2021.

To sum it up, an old video is being shared as the recent visuals of Yogi Adityanath announcing the new lockdown measures in 15 districts of Uttar Pradesh.

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