Fact Check: Guwahati has not been declared Red Zone by MHA
Press Bureau of India (PIB) took to Twitter to debunk a false claim that seven districts in Assam including Guwahati have been declared as Red Zones by Ministry of Home Affairs.
New Delhi: A post was doing the rounds on social media claiming that the MHA has declared Guwahati (& 6 other districts) as Red Zones. Screenshot of a local TV channel airing the fake news and a local online news portal making the same claim also went viral. But is this a real news?
According to Press Information Bureau (PIB) Fact Check the news is false. It took to Twitter to state, "Claim: MHA has declared Guwahati (& 6 other districts) as Red Zone”. The agency then clarified that the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare categorises the districts under zones and not the Ministry of Home Affairs. “Assam has no Red Zone District as of now," it stated.
In the same thread, they also shared another tweet specifying that as per a list issued by Ministry of Health & Family Welfare on April 30, only three districts in Assam are in the Orange Zone. The agency further emphasised that there are no districts under the Red Zone in Assam.
During last week's briefing, the Health Ministry had said that it was coordinating with the states on the re-classification of zones. The new list would be out soon, the ministry had also said. Moreover, during the meeting of the Prime Minister with chief ministers on Monday, there was an appeal made by some of the CMs to let states decide on the zones.