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COVID patients share experience, spread awareness


New Delhi: COVID patients shared their experience to clear myths about the diseases. They also made an attempt to spread awareness.

There is a common belief that elderly people or children get affected by the disease. In order to rule out it, a COVID patient, Kelly Abagat shared her age and symptoms she witnessed.
She wrote, “Hello, I want to share my symptoms of COVID-19 to raise awareness and to make people calm.
I am a 24-year old Filipina who is currently residing in Berlin, Germany.

LAnother patient sharing his age wrote, “I’m 22 years old and I tested positive for COVID-19.”.

asPeople have another myth i.e., persons who have travel history to virus-affected countries should only get tested for COVID.

In order to dismiss this myth and make it clear that anyone can get infected with the virus and everyone who either has symptoms or came in contact with infected persons should also get tested, a COVID patient shared his experience.

t Saturday, I had sore throat (which is usual for me) cause I love sweets and cola. So, I ignored”.

As the number of coronavirus cases in India climbed to 223, it is the responsibility of everyone to contain the spread of the virus by taking precautionary steps
Globally, there is a total of 246,275 confirmed cases of COVID-19 while the death toll has crossed 10,000.

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We, the People of India: Hammered in from three sides


Dr Mohammad Manzoor Alam

Ask an Indian Muslim what is it in India’s public life that s/he dreads most, wants to get rid of this socio-political plague as quickly as possible and wants to elect to power only such a party, or group of parties, that does not make anti-Muslim mass violence a vote-catching strategy. You will be amazed to find that (barring a few men like Syed Shahnawaz Hussain, MJ Akbar and Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi) nearly 100 out of 100 Muslims will tell you that it is anti-Muslim violence.

It finds a reflection in the classic Sachar Committee Report (in the “Perceptions” section). Why in the “Perception” section? Because, over the last 73 years of our independent existence, every influential politician has tried to deny this truth, because truth does not suit them. So, Gujarat 2002 does not matter because Delhi 1984 did not matter. Because they did not matter, regular lynchings of Muslim since 2014 did not matter, and the well-planned massacre of Muzaffarnagar 2013 did not matter, also because it was a curtain raiser for BJP victory and rule from 2014.
In BJP rule nobody should expect anything good for Muslims. That was the message.Former UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon has observed in an article published in The Indian Express of March 20: “the attacks on poor, working people, mainly Muslims, in Delhi cannot be separated from the attempts by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to redefine Indian citizenship and who is eligible for it, via the recent CAA, and the proposed NPR-NRC.

This would appear in compatible with Article 14 of India’s Constitution, which clearly states that all citizens are equal before law. Together, these developments pose searching questions about India’s democratic future and its place in the global family of nations.” 

II 

The devastation of an anti-Muslim pogrom in Delhi late last month came at a time when the economy was already nose-diving, with the annual growth at 4.7 percent and the deepest unemployment in 42 years. Instead of addressing the deepening slowdown in the village economy where rural wages have been falling and resentment rising.

The government decided to humiliate Muslims on Babri Masjid, triple talaq and, finally an attempt to either disenfranchise them, banish them, put them in Nazi-like camps, torture or kill them under the garb of new citizenship laws. Muslims all over India took it as an existential threat and decided to oppose the combined web of CAA, NPR and NRC in legally and constitutionally-approved ways: sit-ins and demonstrations countrywide. 

Despite its unquestionable legality and constitutional sanction the Centre tried to quell it with indiscriminate lathi-charge and firing, including in the library and hostels of Jamia Millia, causing serious injury to students, reminiscent of a goonda mob attack on students and teachers of JNU on police watch earlier. Later, in its FIR the police named the victims of the attack as perpetrators at JNU. It said there were two attackers from the RSS-affiliated students union, ABVP, but did not name them.

It was clearly a police-sponsored violence against students and teachers with leftist leanings.  The same continued at Jamia and Shaheenbagh, the administration’s favourite goondas firing at protestors as police blatantly protected them. The Jamia shooter was described by police as a “juvenile” within a couple of minutes of his shooting a student through his forearm.

He was described as a juvenile to protect him from harsh punishment. Soon he was found out to be over 20 as his father had died 20 years ago.

This man had also voted in the last election. Such was the partiality of the state. BJP-run UP killed about two dozen demonstrators, heavily fined others and put a Rs one crore fine on an Urdu poet, Imran, for reciting an Urdu poem in public. Such ludicrousness with such brutality was seen in the handling of the protests in all BJP states as other states showed restraint.  

III

Amid all this chaos, injustice and state involvement in demolishing public faith in a just order promising Sab ka saath, Sab ka vikas, Sab ka vishwas the economic slowdown is deepening. The Delhi episode of mass violence has clearly been declared a pogrom by Atlantic journal as well as academics specialising in riots, pogroms and genocides, including Prof. Ashutosh Varshney.

It means mass violence with police participation, which indicates a compromised state.  As the corona virus strikes with full force in coming weeks the entire chain of production, distribution and consumption will break down. Schools, factories, offices and other work places will shut down, bringing the economy tumbling down and many lives destroyed or badly displaced and impoverished Now is the time to close our ranks.

 
The government also must remove laws targeted at Muslims (as Amit Shah has repeatedly reassured people that no Hindu will be touched). Such things are in bad taste, bringing ignominy to all of us, as reflected in world media.

The government must initiate national reconciliation and move forward to take the pandemic head on, with our support and best wishes. Further economic decline also will be checked if we check the pandemic.

The government needs to focus on checking the expanding pandemic by improving public health service, in which India figures at 154th position among 195 countries, according to Lancet Research. We must get down to construction rather than division. 

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Detailed account of the police brutalities in UP: CAH report


Hyderabad: Citizens against Hate (CAH), a Delhi-based NGO, released a report titled “Everyone has been silenced” which gives the most comprehensive and detailed account of the police brutalities in UP, the anatomy of the cover up, with damning evidence of political complicity. The report is based on extensive research and testimony from victim families. The report is prepared by a team human rights experts, defenders and lawyers.

In the Foreword, Madan B. Lokur Retired Judge, Supreme Court of India New Delhi states: “As the report brings out, for a nation that professes non-violence, it is distressing that the State machinery has been dormant in several documented instances and sometimes insensitive in reacting to situations that disturb peace and tranquility.

State-wide crackdown against protestors
According to report, at least 23 persons have been killed, 83 injured by the state’s own admission, and hundreds detained in a state-wide crackdown against protesters. Entire communities are under pressure, with arrests and detentions continuing to this day. Authorities are trying to intimidate citizens in an effort to prevent further protests against CAA 2019, and to cover up police’s crimes.
Stifling dissent


The report observers: “Just after CAA 2019 was passed, large parts of UP, especially its Muslim concentrations in western and central districts of Bijnor, Firozabad, Kanpur, Meerut, Muzaffarnagar, Rampur, Sambhal and capital Lucknow, were put under lockdown. Restrictions on assembly and movement were imposed, through orders passed under Section 144, Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC). At the same time, authorities continue to permit gatherings and rallies in favour of CAA, or themselves organise events to promote CAA. This discriminatory application of the law is arbitrary and mala fide.
Human Rights Defenders were targetted
Internet services were suddenly suspended in various districts. Protests at Aligarh Muslim University on 13th and 15th December 2019, and later in Lucknow, were met with disproportionate brutal force. Public warnings, house arrests and preventive detentions were then carried out against persons that authorities accused of coordinating protests, often the human rights defenders (HRDs). HRDs who were targeted include, Dr. Kafeel Khan  Gorakhpur doctor, Dr. Sushil Gautam member of Blue Panthers, S R Darapuri social activist and former IPS officer, Mohammad Shoaib, a senior lawyer and President of forum Rihai Manch, Sadaf Zafar a former teacher and political activist, Dr. Sandeep Pandey, a Magsaysay Awardee and social activist, Dr. Pawan Rao Ambedkar, an academician and social activist, Dr. Anoop Shramik, a Dalit rights activist, Omar Rashid, the UP correspondent of the national newspaper The Hindu, Robin Verma, an academician and social activist, Deepak Kabir, a theatre actor, director and social activist, Mohammad Faisal, a lawyer practicing in the sessions court in Kota, Rajasthan and several others.

Live bullets were shot at protestors
According to eyewitness and survivor testimonies, police personnel shot live bullets at protesters. Firing resulted in at least 22 deaths and several grievous injuries across several districts. In Firozabad alone, 7 persons were killed, 5 in Meerut, 3 in Kanpur, 2 each in Bijnor and Sambhal, and 1 each in Muzaffarnagar, Rampur, and capital Lucknow. Additionally, an 8-year-old child died in stampede caused by Police action against protesters in Varanasi, taking the count to 23.

Homes ransacked private property destroyed
UP Police also ransacked homes and destroyed private property in Muslim neighbourhoods in Muzaffarnagar, Kanpur, Lucknow and Firozabad. In Muzaffarnagar, they also attacked an Islamic seminary, ransacked the property, beat up its staff members and students, and arrested 55 persons. At least 14 were minors, all under the age of 18.

Minors detained, subjected to custodial torture
A fact finding report on violence against minors in the police crackdown against anti-CAA protesters provides shocking revelation of police lawlessness, violating existing laws and regulations regarding children in conflict. Police detained close to 41 minors, and subjected them to custodial torture. Of these, 22 minors were detained and tortured in Bijnor and 14 in Muzaffarnagar.

CM Yogi’s revenge
In post violence crackdown purportedly to exact revenge, as the UP Chief Minister (CM) Yogi Adityanath publicly promised, UP Police detained individuals arbitrarily, followed by invoking serious charges against them, in complete violation of provisions of the Juvenile Justice Act 2015. There has been widespread complaint of custodial torture and inhuman treatment – including beatings as well as food, water and sleep deprivation.

Authorities sealed shops and properties of those they accused of involvement in protests and issued recovery notices on others accusing them of having destroyed public property.

Deceased’s families receive threats and intimidation
Families of the deceased from across districts report a pattern of threats and intimidation by police, from the time of registration of complaints to conduct of autopsies. Police in several instances did not allow bodies to be taken home for burial, rather forced burials at distant locations, in hurried funerals, with the intent to dispose off bodies speedily.

Victim families were not provided copies of FIRs or PM reports immediately, as required. All PM reports confirm deaths due to bullet injuries, all to upper part of the body. Comparing FIRs against respective PM reports, reveal glaring gaps, if not contradictions, in police’s recording of the alleged offences. When these are triangulated with survivor testimonies, the extent of the subversion seems nothing but deliberate and systematic.

UP Police have also been using the criminal justice system to target community members and HRDs, slapping false or exaggerated charges against them, to deter further protests and to silence survivors and witnesses of police crackdown. Many FIRs record involvement of thousands of ‘unknown troublemakers’, without specifying their names or descriptions. Testimonies by community members and affected persons reveal that these ‘open FIRs’ are being used by police currently to target those that might have been witness to police crimes – protesters and bystanders, and those injured on the day – as well as victim families and activists seeking justice.

Targeted surveillance and harassment of Muslim Community
Police FIRs mention that they were ordered to ensure heavy deployment outside mosques. There was heavy deployment of police in riot gear around the Eidgah Maidan area, and posters with passport size pictures of alleged protestors, are pasted all around. Locals claimed that many of these alleged protestors haven’t lived in Kanpur for years, and the police were engaging in religious profiling.

Enabling impunity
The deadly use of force against civilians by UP Police has been encouraged by the UP CM, Yogi Adityanath, who has issued public threats against protesters to exact ‘revenge’, and slap sedition charges against them. His office has celebrated the silencing that this use of the iron fist to repress citizens has had.

The report notes, “Police reprisal against survivors, and their subversion of criminal proceedings vitiates the justice system, for which the police and state authorities are directly liable.”

Recommendations
The report recommends immediate compensation to families, remedial measures like, fresh registration of cases against policemen, timebound investigation on those, and fastrack trials and punitive measures like time-bound independent enquiry to establish police complicity.

Background of bias against Muslims
Giving the background of bias against Muslims, the reports points out: “Police bias against Muslims in Uttar Pradesh is being weaponised by the current BJP government, led by Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath. BJP took power in the state in March 2017. In elections that were run on an Islamophobic campaign, the BJP did not field a single Muslim candidate among the 403 seats it contested to the state assembly. (UP has 19 % Muslim population, numbering 38 million, 2011 Census). On assuming power, Adityanath targeted Muslims economically, by dismantling previous government’s efforts to include Muslims and others in public provisioning and hitting at their livelihoods by disrupting the meat supply chain business that employs mostly Muslims and Dalits. He has also sought to give police a free hand to fight crime. In the event, Police have come down disproportionately against Muslims and others from vulnerable groups.”

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Justice has prevailed: PM Modi hails the hanging of the four accused in the Nirbhaya gang-rape and murder case


Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday took to Twitter to hail the hanging of the four convicts guilty of gang-raping and murdering a physiotherapy student in New Delhi in December 2012.

“Justice has prevailed. It is of utmost importance to ensure dignity and safety of women. Our Nari Shakti has excelled in every field. Together, we have to build a nation where the focus is on women empowerment, where there is emphasis on equality and opportunity,” the PM tweeted.


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Justice has prevailed. 

It is of utmost importance to ensure dignity and safety of women. 

Our Nari Shakti has excelled in every field. Together, we have to build a nation where the focus is on women empowerment, where there is emphasis on equality and opportunity.

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After seven years of waiting in jail, four out of six accused in the gang-rape and murder of a physiotherapy student in December 2012 were hanged at 5.30 am on Friday morning. Another accused hanged himself in Tihar jail, while the final accused, a minor, was sent into a remand home.

As soon as the news was confirmed of the hanging of the accused, media personnel thronged outside the victim's house to meet the mother and see what she had to say about it.

The girl's mother, who has waited with baited breath to see the day when finally her daughter's rapists would be hanged, could not contain her satisfaction when the confirmation of hanging of four convicts in the gang rape and murder case came in a little after 5.35 a.m. on Friday.

In her first reaction, she expressed satisfaction that justice was finally delivered.

Speaking to the throng of media personnel waiting outside her residence, The victim's mother Asha Devi said that her faith in the judiciary had been vindicated.

A visibly relieved Asha Devi said that the hangings of the four convicts would send a strong signal for deterrence. "Our fight for security of daughters across the country will continue" she said.

"I returned from the Supreme Court, hugged my daughter's photograph and told her: 'Today, justice has been delivered'."

"I dedicate this day -- March 20 to all the women in the country because my daughter got justice, today," she said.

She said: "Proud to be known as her mother. She fought so hard. And I have waited long to see this day. The flaw in our justice system was exposed. But finally all four were hanged in one go. A first of its kind of justice, which will definitely be a lesson to others."

"Will continue this struggle for other daughters in the country," she said and remembered all the unfulfilled dreams of her child, whom she could not save.

Friday morning's hanging of the four convicts brings to an end the seven year quest for justice by the parents of the young girl who was brutally gang raped by six persons in Delhi, in December 2012.




Same old: Pak doctor in US arrested for trying to help ISIS


A Pakistani doctor on Friday was arrested for allegedly trying to help ISIS and expressing his desire to conduct "lone wolf' terrorist attacks in the US, officials said.

Muhammad Masood, 28, made several statements to others between January and March, including pledging his allegiance to the Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham (ISIS) and its leader, and expressing his desire to travel to Syria to fight for the terrorist group, according to Assistant Attorney General for National Security John Demers and Attorney Erica MacDonald for the District of Minnesota.

Masood also expressed his desire to conduct "lone wolf' terrorist attacks in the US, they said.

He was arrested at Minneapolis-St Paul International Airport and made his initial appearance before Magistrate Judge David Schultz in the US District Court in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He has been ordered to remain in custody pending a formal detention hearing, which is scheduled for March 24.

Masood is a licensed medical doctor in Pakistan and was formerly employed as research coordinator for a medical clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, under an H-1B visa.

On February 21, Masood purchased a plane ticket from Chicago, Illinois to Amman, Jordan, and from there planned to travel to Syria. On March 16, 2020, his travel plans changed because Jordan closed its borders to incoming travel due to the coronavirus pandemic, according to the complaint.

Masood made a new plan to fly from Minneapolis to Los Angeles to meet up with an individual who he believed would assist him with travel via cargo ship to deliver him to ISIS territory, it alleged.

On Thursday, he travelled from Rochester to Minneapolis-St Paul International Airport (MSP) to board a flight bound for Los Angeles, California. Upon arrival at MSP, Masood checked in for his flight and was subsequently arrested by the FBI's Joint Terrorism Task Force, officials said.




Despite WHO praise, US-based think-tank tells BBC that 300 million people in India will end up with coronavirus


India will have 300 million cases of coronavirus recorded, a BBC report has said. Quoting the Center for Disease Dynamics, Economics & Policy (CDDEP) in Washington, D.C Director Dr Ramanan Laxminarayan, the article said that India could soon be dealing with a "tsunami" of coronavirus cases.

Currently, India has recorded 198 cases across the country. Government data says that of this, 172 have been hospitalised, and 2 cases are in intensive care. 20 people have recovered and 4 people have died. 119 people have brought the virus into India, while the rest of contracted it locally, the data suggests.

The BBC report’s claim suggests that if the case is indeed 300 million people, which is approximately 25 per cent of India’s population, then one in every four individuals will have contracted coronavirus. However, the World Health Organisation has praised India’s efforts in tackling the disease. Earlier this week, WHO hailed the efforts taken by Narendra Modi-led government in combatting the novel coronavirus pandemic which began in the Chinese city of Wuhan, killing more than 7,177 people worldwide so far.

Speaking to reporters after holding a meeting with the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), Henk Bekedam, the WHO Representative to India, said that the commitment of the Indian government has been very impressive. He also appreciated the Indian Council of Medical Research (IMCR) for managing to isolate the strains of Sars-Cov-2.

On Thursday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the nation to discuss the coronavirus pandemic that has caused panic across the world.

In his speech, PM Modi told people to adhere and cooperate with their respective state governments, and not venture out unless it is absolutely necessary.

However, the Prime Minister called for a novel exercise called the 'Janta Curfew on Sunday between 7 am and 9 pm. This basically means that the entire nation will be locked down on that day.

I am seeking one more support from every countrymen today. This is a public curfew. Janta curfew means for the public, curfew imposed by the public on its own. Every citizen must follow Janta curfew on this Sunday, March 22, from 7 am to 9 pm," Modi said in his address to the nation."If possible, please call at least 10 people every day and tell them about the 'Janta curfew' as well as the measures to prevent coronavirus," he said.

"I request people over the age of 60 to not venture out for the next few weeks," PM Modi added.

The prime minister also requested people not to go out and have routine check-ups in hospitals. "In case there is an emergency surgery, I request you to postpone it by a month," PM Modi added.

Earlier, former Finance Minister P Chidambaram said that he hoped that India did not face a similar situation to what Italy or Spain went through. "If you look at what happened in Italy and Spain, leave out China, you will find that it’s in the third week when the number crossed hundred then it jumped dramatically. Now, I’m sincerely hoping that it won’t happen in India. But we must be careful to ensure that it does not happen in India," he told the daily.

 
 
 



Madhya Pradesh crisis: Has Digvijaya Singh conceded defeat already?


In a shocking confession, senior Congress leader Digvijaya Singh has confessed that Kamal Nath does not have the numbers, according to a report by India Today. His claim comes after

On Thursday night, Madhya Pradesh Assembly Speaker N K Prajapati accepted resignation of 16 Scindia -loyal MLAs who have been staying in Bengaluru. With this Congress strength in the House has been reduced to 92. The House strength too has come down to 206 from 230. The BJP has 107 MLAs. A BJP MLA from Maihar, Narayan Tripathi has declared that he would vote for Congress. The Congress has the support of four independent legislators, one SP and two BSP MLAs. But they have not yet cleared their stand on the floor test.

The floor test to be held on Friday following the Supreme Court’s order will ring down the curtain over the 18-day political drama in the State.

Nath took oath as Chief Minister on December 17 last year. There have been many hurdles before him during the past 15 months. The biggest one has, however, cropped up after Jyotiraditya Scindia’s crossover to the saffron party and resignation of 22 legislators of his faction.

 
 
 



FPJ Exclusive: Amid coronavirus outbreak, here's how fliers have attempted to bypass quarantine


Mumbai: Maharashtra’s Public Health Minister on Thursday unearthed a modus operandi of some travellers emanating from coronavirus affected countries to avoid 100% quarantine on arrival at Mumbai, Pune and Nagpur airports.

They were able to achieve this by plotting their itinerary in such a way that they returned via a non-affected country and thereby circumvented the stringent rules.

Health Minister Rajesh Tope, who visited the Mumbai International Airport to supervise the screening facility there, told FPJ, ''A few people, who visited a country considered to be high-risk, escaped quarantine for coronavirus as they returned via another country.

It is mandatory for travellers coming from China, Hong Kong, Japan, South Korea, Singapore, Iran and Italy to be quarantined. Those escaping the quarantine is a matter of serious concern, as it may lead to local transmission.''

Tope said such cases had surfaced in Pune where the district administration has now decided to resort to 100% quarantine of all passengers arriving from overseas.

 
 

Tope said he took up the issue with the Immigration Department at the Mumbai and Nagpur airports as well.

''It has been decided that the Immigration Department staff will check the passports of travellers arriving from the non-affected countries for their travel history in the previous fortnight.

This will enable us to quarantine all those arriving at the airport. It will be difficult for travellers to escape quarantine, now,'' he noted.

Tope said the devious ploy was detected after a group of 40 tourists returned from Dubai, which was earlier not in the ‘negative’ list of countries having coronavirus outbreak.

''The travellers fell ill after a few days and later they were declared positive. In some cases it was noticed that those, who had escaped quarantine at the airport, were detected with coronavirus symptoms.

Therefore, the travel history of 15 days must be ascertained by checking the passports of travellers returning to India,'' he averred.

Tope further said the department of public health and civic bodies had accordingly demanded suspension of all international flights for 10 days. As far as lockdown in Mumbai is concerned, Tope gave a stern warning to Mumbaikars.

Tope said that if the citizens don't comply with advisories issued by the state government to curb the novel coronavirus outbreak, a decision to lock down the city would be inevitable.

Meanwhile, Minister of Food and Civil Supplies Chhagan Bhujbal has said the state government will provide two months of rice and wheat for May and June in advance through 52,000 fair price shops across Maharashtra.

There are 1.25 crore ration card holders but the actual beneficiaries will be 6.50 crore. ''This is to avoid crowding at the fair price shops and inconvenience due to coronavirus spread,'' Bhujbal said.

 
 
 



Latest coronavirus update: No community spread of COVID-19 yet, assures ICMR, 826 random samples test negative


The Indian Council of Medical research has said that all 826 random samples that they took for testing for coronavirus’s COVID-19 strain have been tested negative, adding that there hasn’t been a community spread of the virus as yet.

The information was shared by senior journalist Shreya Dhoundial on her Twitter handle.

However, ICMR has said they will conduct another random test next week to see if the virus has spread into the community.


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Big Breaking : No community spread of #coronavirus in India yet. 
All 826 random samples tested by ICMR found negative.

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However, there isn’t information available of the demographics selected for the sample. An Indian Express report on Thursday also highlighted how many areas of Mumbai – particularly the slums where the concept of social distancing does not exist, do not even have proper access to drinking water, leave alone washing of hands. Whether or not these individuals will test positive, given that they may or may not have been in close proximity to those who have contracted the COVID-19 virus is still to be checked.

Currently, 169 patients have tested positive in India for the novel COVID-19 virus that has plagued the word. Three people have also succumbed to it.




Dettol and Lysol labels say products can 'kill coronavirus'. But can they really? Here's an explainer


The coronavirus pandemic has caused fear, sometimes to the point of paranoia amongst millions of people. Every day, with the number of fatalities going up, it’s only natural. Thanks to this fear, it has become commonplace for a section of society to share news that can be fake. It’s not that the sender is doing something wrong, but s/he is too scared to cross-check to tell the difference.

One such rumour doing the rounds was that Dettol, one of the world’s most popular antiseptic and disinfectant products, can cure coronavirus. Social media lost the plot by sharing a picture of the Dettol label that claims that it can cure coronavirus. A similar tweet about Lysol, a disinfectant product is also doing the rounds

However, a spokesperson from RB, the parent company of Dettol and Lysol issued a clarification. “Our products are effective against other coronaviruses (MERS-CoV and SARSCoV). We haven't had access to the new virus (2019-nCoV) for testing yet, so we are unable to confirm our level of effectiveness against. We are working to ensure we have the latest information on it,” he tweeted.


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How the hell do lysol kill the human Coronavirus in 30seconds?? Why didn’t they start spraying the hell outta China when it started. It wouldn’t of killed all these  people @discoverRB

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Our products are effective against the MERS-CoV and SARSCoV coronaviruses. We don't have access to this emerging outbreak (COVID-19) for testing yet, hence we are not in a position to confirm levels of effectiveness against the new strain. Hope this is clear!

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Is it effective for #COVIDー19?@WHO @Dettol @discoverRB

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Our products are effective against the MERS-CoV and SARSCoV coronaviruses. We don't have access to this emerging outbreak for testing yet, hence we are not in a position to confirm levels of effectiveness against the new strain. Hope this helps!

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A detailed Facebook post was also shared about the same. "RB has become aware of speculation about Dettol products and the novel 2019-nCoV coronavirus. As this is an emerging outbreak RB, like all manufacturers, doesn't yet have access to the new virus (2019-nCoV) for testing and, as a result, are not yet in a position to confirm levels of effectiveness against the new strain.

"Our products have been tested against other coronaviruses (such as MERS-CoV and SARS-CoV) and have been found to kill those. Although 2019-nCoV is a new strain, this virus is very similar to other coronaviruses. We continue to work with our partners to ensure that we have the latest understanding of the virus, route of transmission and will test our product range once health authorities make the strain available.As a global leader in health and hygiene, we continue to play our part in combating and containing the outbreak of the virus. To this end, we have donated £5.5 million in cash and products to assist in the mobilisation of medical staff to treat those affected and provide soap and hand sanitisers to hospitals in Wuhan to help contain the further spread of the virus.

"It is vital the accurate, evidenced-based information is conveyed to the public so they are properly informed about the importance of good hygiene at all times, but particularly during outbreaks," the post read

Notably, there are seven other types of coronavirus strains that infect humans and animals. The first identified human coronavirus was in fact discovered in 1960. This also means that if someone has coronavirus, it doesn’t necessarily mean that s/he has the COVID-19 strain that has affected the world.





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