Amid COVID-19 surge in India, a post is doing rounds on social media claiming that World Health Organization (WHO) and Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) have said that if precautions are not taken by Indians in the next 20 hours, then India will go into the third stage i.e. community transmission in the coming days and subsequently, the country will witness 50,000 deaths by April 15.
A Facebook user shared the post with a Hindi caption:
*अगर उचित समझें तो इसे इतना शेयर करो कि पूरे भारत में फैला दो*
(Translation: The next 20 hours are crucial for India WHO-ICMR warns India. They have said that if Indians do not amend their ways in 20 hours, India will enter into the ‘third step’ i.e. ‘community transmission’ tomorrow night at 11 pm. And if India goes into the third stage i.e. community transmission by tomorrow night, India can have about 50000 (fifty thousand) deaths by 15 April, because India has a higher population density than other countries but Indian still don’t understand the seriousness of this. Pray to God that India stays in the second stage till tomorrow. Request to all citizens, please leave the news related to fun and joke about the corona and spread this as much as you can till tonight that whatever happens, and do not come out for 72 to 108 hours because India may go to 3rd stage tomorrow. Hi please encourage everyone to stay inside If you think it is appropriate, share it so much that it spreads all over India.)
— WHO South-East Asia (@WHOSEARO) April 6, 2021
Hence, from the above information, it is clear that the top global health body and ICMR have not issued any warning saying India will witness 50,000 COVID-19 deaths by April 15. The claim in the viral post is FALSE.
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