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No week-long lockdown across Bangladesh, viral video is from April

News of a week-long nationwide lockdown in Bangladesh has gone viral on social entertainment video sharing medium Tiktok.

The video claims that the government announced a week-long lockdown across the country from next Monday to bring the coronavirus infection under control and also claimed that the lockdown was likely to increase considering the situation.

Fact Check/ Verification

A video was shared on Tiktok on December 5th. Where the Tiktok user edited the video and wrote, “What’s this lockdown, how do people last a few days.” The video received over 20,000 likes in one day.

Screenshot from Tiktok

In the video, the anchor can be heard saying, “The government is going to announce a week-long lockdown across the country from next Monday to control the coronavirus infection. Minister for Road Transport and Bridges Obaidul Quader said this in a virtual briefing from his residence in the morning.”

On conducting a reverse image search using the key-frame of the video, Newschecker found that the video was a part of a news broadcast on RTV News on April 3 this year. The Youtube video titled “7-day lockdown across the country from Monday, duration may increase considering the situation”. The Tiktok video was uploaded with the first 13 seconds from the Youtube video.

News-clip from the Youtube channel of RTV News

During the last week of November, the World Health Organization (WHO) designated the new variant B.1.1.529, named Omicron, a variant of concern. Various measures have been taken to prevent the transmission of this new variant in Bangladesh. It is in this context that the old video has resurfaced.

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This is not the first such instance. In March of this year, a similar video of March 23, 2020, where the government had declared a nationwide lockdown, went viral on social media.


The government has not taken any decision on a week-long lockdown or public holiday across the country from next Monday in view of the new Omicron variant. Old videos have resurfaced with misleading claims.

Result: Misleading

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