Video clips of old and unrelated incidents are merged to spread a false narrative to an allegation made by a dead COVID-19 patient's daughter.
A video claiming that the staff in one of the hospitals in Karnataka are killing the COVID-19 patients had gone viral. The video begins with a lady alleging that the hospital staff killed seven patients for the sake of money. Also seen a masked man thrashing a patient on the bed and a healthcare worker hitting a patient behind curtains.
Boom Live has found that this viral video is edited by mixing several clips of unrelated incidents.
The woman alleging her father's death due to the negligence of the hospital administration is related to a recent incident from April 2021 in Bangalore. The clip of a man trying to kill a patient is taken from an old video shared on youtube, and the incident is from Bangladesh. The other clip is from a hospital in Patiala, Punjab, where the hospital staff is seen thrashing a patient suffering from depression. Subsequently, the staffer was arrested on August 24, 2020.
Further, the Karnataka State Police has clarified that the viral video is fake and originated from an Instagram account of Mahanayaka_kannada. The video has been deleted, and the page admin reportedly said that someone with malicious intent had edited the video.
We mark the claim as False as a fake video is created to cause anxiety among the public during critical times.
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.