By Rakesh Vuppu On March 19th, 2020

A message purportedly from BBMP (Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike) requesting people not to come out of their houses after 10 pm tonight till 5am tomorrow as it will be spraying medicine in the air in order to kill COVID-19 is going viral on social media. Let’s check the authenticity of the claim in the message.

The archived version of the post can be found here.

Claim: BBMP (Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike) will be spraying medicine in the air after 10 PM tonight in order to kill COVID-19.

Fact: The BBMP Commissioner and the Mayor have clarified that the message is just a rumor and the BBMP has no such plans to spray any medicine for COVID-19. So, the claim is FALSE.  

On checking the Twitter account of BBMP Commissioner to know if BBMP is planning to spray any medicine for COVID-19 in Bengaluru city, a tweet by him on 18 March was found. In his tweet, B.H. Anil Kumar (Commissioner of BBMP) has said that the message is just a rumour and the BBMP has no plans to spray any medicine for COVID-19. The same can also be found in a tweet by BBMP Mayor M. Goutham Kumar.

When a similar message went viral across the country saying that the Government of India will spray Coronavirus vaccine gas, the Press Information Bureau (PIB) has debunked the claim and clarified that the Government is doing no such thing and the message is ‘fake’.

Also, when a similar message went viral in Oman saying that the Government of Oman is spraying Coronavirus pesticide in the country to combat the spread of COVID-19, the Ministry of Health (Oman) has said that it is a rumour and no such operation is planned.

To sum it up, the message that BBMP (Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike) will be spraying medicine in the air to kill COVID-19 is just a rumour.

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Originally published at Factly