Social media is replete with misinformation around novel coronavirus. Alt News has debunked several such claims in past weeks. A video is now viral on social media with the claim that in the light of the epidemic, China is allowing Muslims to read the Quran which was previously banned.

Posted by Peronda Pasarmalam on Monday, 9 March 2020

“The Holy Quran was banned in China. Now the ban has been lifted. Chinese Muslims are allowed to read Holy Quran. Look at the Joy!!!!! ALLAHHUAKBAR,” reads the viral text shared with the video. It is also getting shared with the same message in Hindi.

Alt News has received multiple requests to fact-check this video on its official mobile application.


Alt News broke the video into multiple key-frames with the help of digital verification tool InVid. According to an article published on March 19, 2013, by a website called ‘Gospel Prime‘, the video depicts the moment when people saw the bible for the first time. Although, the article states that it is unclear where and when was the video made.

The video was later uploaded by a YouTube channel named International Christian Concern on March 17, 2014. Some reports also claimed that the video is from the 1980s.

Alt News couldn’t independently verify the video and its content. Suffice to say, it is unrelated to the recent outbreak of coronavirus since it has existed on the internet at least since 2013.

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About the Author

Kinjal Parmar holds a Bachelor of Science in Microbiology. However, her keen interest in journalism, drove her to pursue journalism from the Indian Institute of Mass Communication. At Alt News since 2019, she focuses on authentication of information which includes visual verification, media misreports, examining mis/disinformation across social media. She is the lead video producer at Alt News and manages social media accounts for the organization.