The district administration and Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) on Tuesday issued a clarification that a social media post wherein it was claimed that over 50 patients in the city have tested Covid-19 positive is “totally false” and “baseless”. The post with an audio clip has gone viral in social media.

Divisional Commissioner Sanjeev Kumar warned those spreading such fake clips of stringent action under the relevant acts. “Posting and spreading such misleading and irresponsible posts without any basis is an offence. Those posting such content could be booked under various laws and face imprisonment. The administration would take stern action against such rumor mongers,” he said while cautioning the people not to believe in such posts.

Kumar further clarified that only four positive patients have been detected in the district so far and all of them are on the course of recovery.

“Since one week, there is not a single positive case in the city although many suspects have been identified and are being tested daily. Even those coming from neighboring states like Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh are arriving here for testing. The government has established state-of-the-art Virus Research and Diagnostic Laboratory (VRDL) at Indira Gandhi Government Medical College and Hospital (IGGMCH) for Covid-19 testing,” he said.

NMC commissioner Tukaram Mundhe said doctors at the VRDL are experts and working round-the-clock to help patients and suspects, and it was wrong to question their credentials. “Everyone should take care before forwarding such fake posts. They should believe posts only from genuine sources like those issued by government and district administration or by the NMC. They can also verify such posts from the NMC Twitter handle or by contacting civic officials,” he said.

(With inputs from timesofindia)