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Video of a family died due to novel Coronavirus? No, an old unrelated video.

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A video is being shared widely on social media with a claim that all the people shown in the video have died due to the recent novel Coronavirus outbreak. Let’s try to analyze the claim made in the post.

The archived version of the post can be found here.

Claim: Video of a family died due to novel Coronavirus.

Fact: The video was found on the internet at least since the last week of December 2019. But the first death from the novel Coronavirus was reported only in the second week of January 2020. Hence the claim made in the post is FALSE.

When the screenshots of the video were run through the Yandex Reverse Image Search, many similar videos were found in the search results. It can be found that the same video was uploaded on YouTube in December 2019. Also, a user has tweeted the same video on 1 January 2020, with a claim different from the post.

While the exact context of the video cannot be ascertained, it is definitely not related to the novel Coronavirus outbreak; because the first death from novel Coronavirus was reported only in the second week of January 2020.

To sum it up, an old unrelated video falsely shared as ‘family died due to infection from the novel Coronavirus’.

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