In the last 24 hours, the most-shared news on the internet was that Punjab government has banned all poultry products due to the presence of coronavirus in the chickens.
The story was in the form of a notification, which was hard to identify. The fake notification was issued from the health department and was directed at all the deputy commissioners.
It stated that the virus was found in poultry products in Punjab which can be more lethal to humans, thus, the sale of all poultry products has been banned with immediate effect.
The widely-circulated notification wreaked havoc among the public, and as a result, sky-rocketing prices of chicken meet dashed to the ground.
However, the panic-like situation did not last long, as the deputy commissioner Islamabad, Hamza Shafqaat, among other government officials, came up to deny the news.
In a tweet, Hamza said that the notification is fake.
This notification is fake pic.twitter.com/csvbHHqnze
— Deputy Commissioner Islamabad (@dcislamabad) June 4, 2020
Further, the Pakistan Poultry Association (PPA), and the Punjab government’s Specialized Healthcare and Medical Education Department (SHC&ME have termed this news as fake.
The PPA’s vice-chairperson for the Northern region, Chaudhry Muhammad Fargham, spoke up against the notification, calling it baseless propaganda against the poultry products.
The virus has not been reported in any chicken product in any part of the country.
The Secretary of the Punjab government’s Specialized Healthcare and Medical Education Department (SHC&ME) Department, Nabeel A Awan, even denied the existence of the Health Department in Punjab.
There is no department in the Government of Punjab with the name of the Health Department. There is either the Primary and Secondary Healthcare Department (P&SHD) or Specialized Healthcare and Medical Education Department (SHC&ME).