Viral clip of lady police constable falsely shared as a corona positive case
A clip of a lady police constable, leaning towards a scooter in the middle of a road, looking quite unwell in a dizzy condition is going viral on various social media platforms. This video is said to be from Grant road area and the unconscious policewoman was found having breathing trouble under RK hotel.
The police officers are seen maintaining distance throughout the video while offering her help. Not only this, but a man is also heard saying how are people expected to seek help if even police officers can’t get ambulances quickly.
The claim reads that the woman was on duty for quarantined coronavirus positive patients and had herself also contracted COVID-19. Her clip is surfacing on an assortment of platforms, especially Facebook and Twitter with a caption that reads “MUMBAI : A Lady Police Constable, suffering from Corona, breathing problem, waiting for Ambulance near RK Hotel Grantroad Mumbai. This Video is moving around. Mumbai is in deep Trouble.”
Since all the posts have been removed from Twitter. Above mentioned is a picture from the archived version of the same. You can view it here.
On running keyword research on Twitter as well as Facebook, we came across a tweet from Mumbai Police’s official Twitter handle which they have tweeted especially to call out all the posts claiming this woman police to be coronavirus positive. They through their tweet, have clearly mentioned that neither has the police constable contracted COVID-19 nor is this video related to coronavirus in any way.
They confirmed that the video is from 16th May. The woman constable seen in the video felt dizzy on the road because of her low blood pressure.
We appreciate your concern sir, but this is an old video from 16.05.2020 and is not related to COVID-19. The lady corona warrior is absolutely healthy & she never tested positive for COVID-19. We request all citizens to not circulate unverified content. https://t.co/fS5Xdb2Sis
— Mumbai Police (@MumbaiPolice) May 24, 2020
Kirit Somaiya, Vice-President BJP Maharashtra who had once tweeted about this police constable being coronavirus positive, also issued another tweet after getting a reply from Mumbai Police to clarify that she had genuinely not contracted COVID-19 and what he tweeted was mere a false claim.
Understood that Mumbai Police clarifies, the Video is real. the lady Police was subsequently taken to hospital and found corona negative. It seems that her colleagues remained away from her, scaring she have corona. We wish the lady police good health.@BJP4Maharashtra
— Kirit Somaiya (@KiritSomaiya) May 24, 2020