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Pandemic occurs after every 100 years! Fake News from the week is here

Here are three fake news from this week you should not miss

From Barelvi Maulana calling himself a Hindu during an event to bizarre claims that a pandemic occurs in every hundred years starting with the plague of 1720; here are three fake news from this week.

1. Barelvi Maulana calls himself a Hindu during an event.

Kisne feka: A video of a poetry contest is circulating on social media, claiming that the person on the dais is Barelvi Maulana, a Hindu. In the clip, the person is standing and can be heard saying in Hindi, “I am not a rebel, I am a Hindu but not a Wahhabi”, while others are applauding and cheering him.

Foolproof: Maulana Zahid Raza Banarasi is the person in the viral video. In addition, he refers to another person as a Hindu, not himself, through his poetry. There is a cropped version of the video going viral with a misleading claim. 

2. Pir was arrested in Punjab for deceiving people!

Fake news: On social media, a video of cops catching a phoney Pir is going viral. Police officers are digging inside a grave in the popular footage. A man was discovered seated beneath the grave. Someone on social media stated that a pir was detained by the Punjab police in India for deceiving people.

Truth bomb: The viral video on the official YouTube channel of 24 News HD is from a Pakistan-based News channel dated 19 February 2020. According to the video report, the viral incident is from Sialkot city of Pakistan. In the name of ‘black magic,’ a man who called himself a healer extorted money from people. Furthermore, the man deceived the people by claiming that he would remain in the grave for 40 days without eating or drinking. Nevertheless, it was discovered that he was living in a grave with all the necessities. Food and drink items were kept with the fake pir.

3. Does a pandemic occur every hundred years starting with the plague of 1720?

Kisne feka: A graphic claims that a pandemic breaks out worldwide every hundred years, starting with 1720, followed by 1820 and 1920. 

Foolproof: The viral claim is false. The Bubonic Plague was an outbreak that struck and spread from the French city of Marseille from 1720 to 1722. It is sometimes referred to as the Marseille Plague or the Great Plague of 1720. The Marseille Plague was an epidemic, not a pandemic, according to a Science Direct article titled “Little oversights that led to the Great Plague of Marseille (1720-1723): Lessons from the Past”.

The pandemic cholera outbreak indicated in the viral message started in 1817, which is three years earlier than the stated year. According to the Britannica article, the second cholera pandemic started in 1829, while the third pandemic is believed to have broken out in India in 1852.

The H1N1 virus that caused the 1918 Spanish Flu pandemic, which is traditionally dated to have started on March 4, was avian in origin. Although there is disagreement about the virus’s origin, it propagated globally between 1918 and 1919. The viral post misidentifies April 1920 as the start of the pandemic, but the outbreak continued until then.

The first cases of the Covid-19 pandemic were declared at the end of 2019, and the World Health Organisation didn’t declare it a pandemic until March 2020. Hence the viral claim is false. 

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