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Army dismisses as fake social media messages about likely imposition of Emergency

New Delhi: Crediting measures such as isolation and nationwide lockdown India took 12 days to reach more than 1200 coronavirus cases in which death toll now stands at 31 and that numbers were much higher in developed nations at the same time.

The Indian Army on Monday dismissed as “fake” certain messages circulating on social media about likely imposition of Emergency in the country next month to deal with the coronavirus outbreak.

Army officials also said no effort is being initiated to rope in services of retired personnel, the National Cadet Corps and the volunteers enrolled under the National Service Scheme in the wake of the coronavirus crisis.

“Fake and malicious messages are circulating on social media about likely declaration of emergency in mid April and employment of #IndianArmy, #Veterans, NCC and NSS to assist the civil administration,” the Army’s Additional Director general of Public Information (ADGPI) tweeted.

“It is clarified that this is absolutely Fake,” the ADGPI said.

India was brought under a 21-day lockdown on midnight of last Tuesday with an aim to check the spread of the coronavirus infection.

The positive coronavirus cases touched 1,209 on Monday with 31 deaths.

Globally, the virus has infected more than 700,000 people and claimed more than 32,000 lives.

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