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 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:
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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