On March 13, a TikTok user named @pradipbasnet71 posted a video clip with the caption, “Infections from Coronavirus have increased again in Nepal.” Lockdown preparations are underway for March 24. The Nepal government has urged everyone to wear masks.” As of March 24, the video has been viewed more than 723,000 times and has received over 1,800 likes.
In the video, a female newsreader is heard saying:
“Coronavirus infections have increased once more.” According to the Ministry of Health, 14 people were confirmed Covid positive in the last 24 hours out of 858 samples tested, 14 people were confirmed Covid positive. The number of active infected reached 27. 13,338 people were vaccinated on Thursday.”
On December 30, 2022, TikTok user @alamarif22 posted the video clip. The video was taken from the Nepal Times YouTube channel’s news broadcast.
Nepal Check found that the video clip, posted by TikTok user @pradipbasnet71, is three months old.
On December 30, 2022, Nepal Times uploaded the video to its YouTube channel. On the show Top Fifty, newsreader Rashmita Udas reported on the number of Covid-19 cases in Nepal (Please watch the video from 4 minutes 45 seconds to 4 minutes 57 seconds for the news). On December 30, 2022, Onlinekhabar also reported the news based on the same pandemic figures.
On December 30, 2022, @alamarif22 posted the video on TikTok. Another TikTok user @pradipbasnet71 used the audio from Nepal Times YouTube channel and posted a video clip of vehicles moving on the road on March 12, 2023, based on the news of the video; The user superimposed a text in the video claiming that the government was imposing a lockdown starting March 24, 2023.
While the video is three months old, the government has not announced a lockdown in the country. Therefore, the TikTok post is misleading.
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|Video shows government imposing lockdown due to Covid infections||TikTok users||Misleading|
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