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Disaster Management Act, 2005 restricts citizens to post updates on COVID-19.

The Disaster Management Act, 2005 does not restrict citizens to post updates on COVID-19.

The message circulated on Social media is false as no proviso of the Disaster Management Act, 2005 restricts citizens from posting updates on COVID-19

The central government on 24 April 2020, the day when the 21-day lockdown was announced, had stated that the Disaster Management Act, 2005 was being invoked to deal with COVID-19 and to implement measures to contain its spread.

The COVID-19 pandemic has given rise to a lot of potentially dangerous misinformation. For reliable advice on COVID-19 including symptoms, prevention and available treatment, please refer to the World Health Organisation or your national healthcare authority.

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