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Fact Check: Conspiracy theory audio message allegedly from Maharastra MLA Geeta Jain about COVID testing

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Quick Take

An audio message is being circulated with the photo of a MLA Geeta Jain from Maharashtra implying that the message is from the elected representative. The audio is a two minute long message on conspiracy theory about the COVID-19 test and the politics around it. The message asks users to not get tests done and resort only to home treatment. We investigated and found that the message is false.

The Claim

The audio message in female voice accompanied by a photo of MLA Geeta Jain from Maharashtra is being sent to us by one of our readers on our WhatsApp tip-line. The two minute long message explains that the Central government is giving Rs 1.5 lakh per coronavirus positive patient to urban local bodies. Hence urban local bodies, private doctors and laboratory testing centres are trying to report as many positive cases as possible. She advises people against COVID-19 tests and advises them to be on home quarantine and consume khada and malaria medicine.

The audio message is given below:

Fact Check

She has posted a video on her Facebook page clarifying that the audio message was not from her. The archived link of her video message is here and the video can be seen below:

We also found out that the image used in the fake audio message has been picked up from her Wikipedia page.

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Disclaimer: Medical Science is an ever evolving field. We strive to keep this page updated. In case you notice any discrepancy in the content, please inform us at [email protected]. You can further read our Correction Policy here. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay seeking medical treatment because of something you have read on or accessed through this website or it's social media channels. Read our Full Disclaimer Here for further information.

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