The Odisha Government has befallen into the pillage of fake news due to a news article on a study by a research team at Oxford University, Uk and North-eastern University, US. The news article praised measures to containing COVID-19 spread in the Ganjam district, which was then promoted by the top Odisha Management on social media.
The news was shared by the official handle of Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik but later was deleted. Quoting the news report, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik tweeted- “Ganjam earned praise from @UniofOxford for its successful model of #COVID-19 infection prevention. The district excelled in #CovidManagement by empowering sarpanchs, forming committees in villages for intensive screening and by ensuring proper healthcare.”
After CM’s tweet, the District Magistrate of Ganjam also tweeted- “The Ganjam Model of COVID Management recognized by @UniofOxford for successful infection prevention strategies. Our gratitude and appreciation to Team Ganjam.”
After that, there were many speculations regarding the news. When asked about the study, Vijay Amruta Kulange, Ganjam District Collector, informed that they don’t have the research but will find out soon. The article did not mention the title of the study but wrote about the aspects of how Ganjam managed to regulate the swell in Coronavirus cases.
Later it was pointed out the study title ‘Crowding, and the shape of COVID-19 epidemics’ epidemics’ by Oxford University and the Northeastern University proclaimed in the highly-respected “Nature Medicine” journal on 5th October by a senior official of the Odisha Government.
But after many people started doubting the theory and started questioning the reliability of the government’s claim, the CMO’s Twitter handle deleted one post, which referred to the praise by Oxford University.
Article Written by Dikhya Mohanty
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