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Rumours and unverified news spread through social media create panic for few hours; One arrested for spreading false news

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Imphal, May 6

Rumours about a woman testing Coronavirus positive at Kwakeithel and a false and unverified news uploaded by a person through social media today create panic among the people of the state with many people calling up to media houses to enquire about it in curiosity. In addition to this, immediate shutting of shops at Thangal and Paona Keithel here in Imphal provoked speculation about the presence of COVID-19 positive cases today.

However, all reports turn out as false. People simply spread rumours of a woman being tested COVID-19 positive case after she was picked up by an Ambulance after she sustain injury after the vehicle she travel met an accident at Tiddim road at Kwakeithel area.

Meanwhile, a voice note uploaded through Whatsapp group about the presence of positive COVID-19 case at Thangmeiband area have alerted frontline COVID-19 warriors compelling them to find the truth. However, the voice message turns out to be false claim uploaded by a 38 years old person identified as Irengbam Amu @ Amuyaima Singh, a resident of Thangmeiband Meisnam leikai. Imphal West Officer in-charge and his team hunted the person and arrested today morning on charge of spreading rumours on COVID-19 Pandemic. 

On the other hand, the state police team unable to control the crowd which did not follow physical distancing at Thangal and Paona Keithel here in Imphal disperse them and compelled to close down the shops. The police team also found many people without masks, which is mandatory as announced by the government. Even though the government relaxed the lockdown for the convenience of the people to buy their day to day needs, the police were left with no choice but to shut down the shops.

Huirem Naresh

Huirem Naresh, a resident of Keishamthong Elangbam has been with Imphal Times since its start, 2013. He handles mostly Press release and announcement related news. Naresh is also a social worker. He can be emailed at [email protected]

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