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Deepika Padukone Spotted Buying Alcohol During The Lockdown? Not Quite - BOOM
The video is of actress Rakul Preet Singh, who had stepped out to buy medicines and essentials on...
A video of actress Rakul Preet Singh walking out of a medical and provision store in Bandra's Pali Hill is going viral with netizens misidentifying Singh as actress Deepika Padukone and claiming that the latter was spotted buying alcohol during the ongoing lockdown. Liquor stores which had opened in Mumbai on May 4, 2020 as per the Maharashtra government's instructions to operate standalone shops in red zones, were then asked to close down. Mumbai's municipal corporation - BMC on May 6 decided to discontinue operations of standalone liquor shops and non-essential outlets keeping in mind the increasing numbers of COVID-19 positive cases in Mumbai. The video, captured by Bollywood photographer Viral Bhayani's team, shows Singh come out of the medical-provision store after shopping. The clip is doing the rounds with the caption, "Deepika Padukone buying liquor in Mumbai..... Best example in social distancing..... No servants.........No drivers." BOOM received the video on its helpline number for verification. The same is being shared on Facebook with the above caption. ALSO READ: Posts Call For Boycott Of Non-Existent Shah Rukh Khan Film On Tipu Sultan Video is of Rakul Preet Singh and not Deepika Padukone BOOM reached out to Viral Bhayani, who clarified that the video was shot on the evening of May 5 by his team at the Pali Market in Bandra West. Bhayani said, "Rakul was out to buy essentials, when we shot the video. It was shot near the provision and medical store at Pali Market from which she stepped out." The video can be found on Bhayani's verified TikTok account as well. In a tweet Singh put to rest speculations about her stepping out to buy liquor. She retweeted a tweet by a Bollywood news and trade information handle KRK Box Office which speculated her venturing out during the lockdown period and clarified that she was out to buy medicines. Click here to view the archive of KRK Box Office's tweet. KRK Box Office had incidentally identified Rakul Preet Singh as Deepika Padukone in a now deleted tweet. Netizens called out the handle for peddling misinformation. Even if rakul preet or deepika buying an alcohol what's your problem?????????There is nothing wrong in buying and drinking alcohol MJ (@mnj256) May 7, 2020 Additionally, BOOM was also able to ascertain that Singh was stepping out of the Modern Medical and Provision stores located in Pali Market. Below is a frame by frame comparison of the area seen in the video and photos of the medical store found on Google Maps. The photo was uploaded on Google Maps in 2017. The yellow circle in both the frames shows the green and white awning that is visible in both the stores. Text spelling out Star Travels, located near the medical and provision store, can also be seen in both the frames (circled in red).
Did A COVID-19 Vaccine Volunteer In UK Die After Trial? A Fact Check - BOOM
The volunteer, herself, has dismissed the report, which was also denied by UK health officials.
An online report shared tens of thousands of times on Facebook and Twitter claims that one of Britain's first volunteers to be injected with a trial coronavirus vaccine has died. However, the claim is false, originating from a website with a history of spreading misinformation. The volunteer, herself, has dismissed the report, which was also denied by UK health officials and the scientists behind the trial. The claim was published here in South Africa on a website called News NT. Since it was posted on Facebook on April 25, 2020, it has been shared nearly 70,000 times and seen by more than two million people, according to data provided by the social network. A screenshot taken on April 27, 2020, showing the misleading publication According to News NT, microbiologist Elisa Granato died two days after she was administered Britain's first trial COVID-19 vaccine. "A statement by the researchers said Elisa had complications few hours after taking the vaccine and died while on admission (sic)," the article read. Granato was one of the first two people to take part in the human trial of a new COVID-19 vaccine at Oxford University on April 23, 2020. The scientist told BBC in an interview that the decision was to "support the scientific process". As part of the process, the Oxford Vaccine Group, which is conducting the trial, hopes to vaccinate about 800 more people in Britain in the next month. History of misinformation The viral claim appears on Twitter here and here, while the link to the publication was also shared in several Facebook posts published globally, including in Australia, Nigeria, Kenya and the US. ALSO READ: No, Aspirin Mixed With Lemon Juice And Honey Will Not Cure COVID-19 But the website has a history of spreading misinformation about the coronavirus pandemic, and there is no evidence to support the claim. In March 2020, Guyana's health ministry rejected as "fake news" a News NT's article that a family of three in the capital Georgetown died before testing positive for coronavirus. The site recently published an article that Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari had tested positive for the virus and was receiving treatment in an isolation ward after the death of his chief of staff, Abbah Kyari. The claim was false -- Buhari addressed Nigerians in a nationwide broadcast on April 27, 2020, shortly after the article was published. AFP has also debunked a similar claim here. We traced the website's history using site identity tool Whois.com and found that it was registered on March 4, 2020, in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. A screenshot taken on April 27, 2020, information about the website registration Granato rejected the claim in a video shared on April 26, 2020, by BBC medical correspondent Fergus Walsh, who covered the human trial of the Oxford vaccine. "I am very much alive," Granato said in 17-second footage posted on Twitter. "I'm having a cup of tea. It's Sunday, the 26th of April, three days after I got the vaccine or the control." Walsh also tweeted that the claim was "not true" when he published the video. "I spent several minutes this morning chatting with Elisa Granato via Skype. She is very much alive and told me she is feeling 'absolutely fine'," he wrote. AFP has contacted Granato for comment but is yet to hear from her. She has made her Twitter account private since the video was published. Meanwhile, Oxford University has also warned that people should not believe or share the report. "We are aware there have been and will be rumours and false reports about the progress of the trial," Oxford said in recent news about the trial progress. "We urge people not to give these any credibility and not to circulate them." Moreover, the UK Department of Health and Social Care has dismissed the report as untrue. "News circulating on social media that the first volunteer in a UK #coronavirus vaccine trial has died is completely untrue," it said in a tweet published on its official Twitter account.