The apex body in India for formulation, coordination and promotion of Biomedical research, Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), refuted a social media post showing a set of COVID-19 guidelines to have been issued by ICMR. The ICMR shared this clarification on its official Twitter handle on Thursday.
“This is circulating in different social media platform. ICMR did not issue any such guideline or advisory. It is #Fake circulation. #FactCheck #FakeNews” read the tweet by ICMR on Thursday. One of the oldest and largest research bodies in the world attached the alleged highly circulated picture on Social Media while tweeting the notification in public interest.
— ICMR (@ICMRDELHI) May 6, 2021
The highly circulated post in question claims that ICMR has issued a list of COVID-19 guidelines to keep the attack of the lethal virus at bay. This list includes tips like “postpone travel abroad for 2 years”, “do not eat outside food for 1 year”, “do not go to unnecessary marriage or other similar ceremony”, etc.
It is true that ICMR issues guidelines to the citizens of the country to contain the spread of Corona Virus but the post in question wasn’t shared by ICMR. On May 5, the ICMR had issued COVID-19 RT-PCR testing guidelines. It stated in its several guidelines to avoid undergoing COVID-19 test through RT-PCR method.