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The message claiming three positive Coronavirus cases in Kothapet (Hyderabad) is fake

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A message is being shared widely on social media with a claim that three positive Coronavirus cases were reported in Kothapet (Hyderabad). The message is in the name of Lion Rajanikanth Koka (Hyderabad City Head, Indian Media Council). Let’s try to analyze the claim made in the post.

The archived version of the post can be found here.

Claim: Details of three Coronavirus positive cases reported in Kothapet (Hyderabad).

Fact: Dr G Srinivasa Rao (Director of Public Health, Telangana) has told FACTLY that the viral message is not true. Also, Rachakonda Police has tweeted that a FIR has been filed in the Chaitanyapuri PS (Kothapet area) on the person who spread the fake news. Hence the claim made in the post is FALSE.  

FACTLY has contacted Dr. G Srinivasa Rao (Director of Public Health, Telangana) to check whether there is any truth in the viral message. He has replied to FACTLY that it is ‘false’ news. Also, Rachakonda Police has tweeted that an FIR has been filed in the Chaitanyapuri PS (Kothapet area) on the person who spread the fake news that Coronavirus positive cases were reported in SRL Colony, Satyangar Colony, and Laxminagar Colony (areas mentioned in the viral message). They also tweeted that they ‘have already initiated criminal proceedings and investigation is on. Culprits will be brought to justice.’

Also, FACTLY has found a screenshot of a personal chat where Lion Rajanikanth Koka regrets sharing the message and asks not to forward the message. (FACTLY was not able to ascertain the authenticity of the screenshot). FACTLY tried to contact Mr. Rajanikanth and this article will be updated when a response is received.

To sum it up, the message claiming three positive Coronavirus cases in Kothapet (Hyderabad) is fake.

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