The altered image of Assam health minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said that a total of eight persons who traveled in the bus from Rajasthan tested positive
The altered image of Assam health minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said that a total of eight persons who traveled in the bus from Rajasthan tested positive|Twitter image
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Assam minister’s ‘morphed’ tweet with new COVID cases causes panic

Assam health minister Himanta Biswa Sarma expresses concern over altered/morphed screenshot of tweet with changed COVID-19 figures; asks police to file FIR, investigate

Amlan Jyoti Das

Amlan Jyoti Das

Guwahati: Assam health minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Monday expressed concern over an altered/ morphed screenshot of his earlier tweet where the numbers have been changed to show new cases of COVID-19 in the state.

Sarma asked the state police department to immediately file an FIR and investigate the matter.

So far, Assam has reported 62 positive COVID-19 cases of which 27 are active and 34 discharged. However, the morphed screenshot shows eight more cases being reported from Cachar, taking the total figure in the state to 70.

Taking to Twitter, Sarma said, “I have noted with deep concern an altered/morphed screenshot of my tweet - where the numbers have been changed. Asking @assampolice to immediately file an FIR and investigate @DGPAssamPolice”

On closer inspection, it was found that the tweet is a morphed screenshot of a May 8 tweet that stated that three and not eight more persons who traveled in the bus from Rajasthan has tested positive for novel coronavirus.

In the early existing paranoia over the rising COVID-19 infections in the state, circulation of such doctored tweets from an established figure can cause widespread panic. Concerns are already on the rise of active cases, as interstate travel has started to bring in individuals from the state who were stranded in various parts of India due to the nationwide lockdown.

According to the latest update provided by the health minister on Twitter, a total of 62 COVID-19 cases have been registered in the state so far, with 27 active cases and 34 discharged.

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