On June 24, The Hindu reported, “Pune district reported more than 192 new COVID-19 cases, the highest surge till now over a 12-hour span, taking the district’s case tally to 17,043.” In the backdrop of this, a 30-second video is being shared where a man lying on the roadside is put inside an ambulance by medical workers dressed in protective suits. “Corona patients have started appearing in public places on the streets of Pune,” reads the accompanying claim.

Several Twitter users have posted (1, 2) the video.

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Fact-check

Alt News performed a keyword search and found that Pune Mirror had uploaded the video. As per their report, Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) health officials conducted a mock drill at the Deccan Corner to calculate the response time of authorities in case of a COVID related emergency.

Mayor of Pune Murlidhar Mohol also tweeted the video and clarified the same. He wrote in Marathi, “A mock drill was conducted in Pune today, against the backdrop of corona infection in the Deccan area. This mock drill is done to check the alertness of all the systems. But this video is being spread in a different sense in social media. Please take note!”

Thus, a video of a mock drill conducted by PMC authorities was falsely shared as an actual coronavirus patient being attended. Earlier, mock drill videos from Bhagalpur Central Jail and Hajipur Jail in Bihar were shared with similar false claims. Another mock drill video conducted by Punjab police was circulating as a genuine COVID-19 case.

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Archit is a fact-checking journalist at Alt News since November 2019. Previously, he has worked as a producer at a TV news channel and as a reporter at a leading English-language daily. In addition to work experience in media, he has also worked as a fundraising and communication manager at an NGO.