June 24, 2020

Fact Check: Viral Collage Comparing Corona Virus and Solar Eclipse

Fake Side:

The annular solar eclipse occurred on June 21 but people in a few areas only could witness the magnificent ‘Ring of Fire’ while others could not as the sky turned dark with the moon overshadowing the mighty sun.

Amidst this, an image, a collage of two pictures of the same place, one showing a road filled with vehicles and another, an empty road turned viral on the social media. The picture showing the busy road was titled Coronavirus, while the empty street was titled Solar Eclipse.

The image implies that in India, people roam on the streets even amidst the Covid-19 pandemic, but stay at homes during a solar eclipse.


The images is also widelly shared on Facebook :Link

True Side:

The viral case is FALSE.

At the point when we looked for this image utilizing an opposite picture search, we found a few reports from March 2020. These pictures were distributed in numerous media sites, portraying the abandoned look of the significant urban areas on complete lockdown or Janata Curfew saw on March 22, 2020, Sunday.

The viral pictures were shared by Scroll.in, on March 22, 2020, with the portrayal expressing, “this mix of pictures shows vehicles moving gradually on a street in Bangalore on February 5, 2020, (top) and a similar street (base) abandoned during one-day across the country ‘Janata Curfew’ on March 22, 2020.

India Times has also published the image of deserted Bangalore in its article on the same lines.

This collage does NOT depict pictures before and on solar eclipse day. They belong to the city of Bangalore and depict the situation before COVID breakout and on Janata Curfew day.

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