New Delhi: Amid the coronavirus or COVID-19 pandemic, a fake news claiming that the Narendra Modi-led central government is providing Rs 1000 to people under so-called ‘Corona Sahayata Yojana’ is going viral these days. However, fact-checking unit of Press Information Bureau (PIB) called the news fraudulent and clarified that there is no truth in the widely circulating message on WhatsApp. Also Read - US Woman Wears Bikini Made of Masks to Protest Against COVID-19 Restrictions, Slammed Online

It was claimed that the government had launched a scheme-WCHO- under which people were being given Rs 1,000 each. The message requires people to click on a link and provide their information Also Read - Global COVID-19 Cases Cross 5.5 Million Mark, Death Toll Stands at 346,000

Fact Check Unit of PIB has clarified that Centre is not giving Rs 1000 to anybody under Corona Sahayata Yojana.  Claims  and link provided in widely circulating message were fraudulent,” tweeted PIB. Also Read - After 'Modi Aarti', This BJP MLA Wants to Build a 'Modi Temple' With the PM's Idol; Says 'I Worship Him'

A couple of days ago, social media was flooded with the news that Department of Telecom will provide free internet to netizens (to enable them to work from home) till May, 3, 2020, when lockdown 2.o is scheduled to end.

However, there was no truth in that claim either after state-run Prasar Bharati News Services called the news is fake.

“Claim: DoT has announced to provide free internet to all mobile users by May 3, 2020, to which they have to click on the given link. Fact: This claim is completely false, and the given link is fake. Please stay away from rumors and fraudster,” PIB wrote on the micro-blogging site.