A screengrab of a broadcast by India TV aired on May 31 has been shared by several social media users.
It reads, “प्रधानमंत्री की बड़ी बातें 1 करोड़ कोरोना मरीज़ों का फ्री में इलाज किया (Prime Minister’s big talk. One crore corona patients treated free of cost.)”
A bottom ticket on the screen also stated the Prime Minister as saying, “Ayushman Bharat has benefitted the poor people of this country.”
Based on the graphic, many individuals have mocked the PM stating that India has less than 2 lakh COVID-19 cases. while the total number of cases in the world is 62 lakh. Below is a tweet by lawyer Dushyant (@atti_cus) which garnered 8,600 likes and 3,500 retweets as of this writing.
Modi claims 1 crore corona patients treated for free.
But India has less than 2L.
Whole world has only 62L as on date.
Royal Stag effect? pic.twitter.com/D10cpQKUjw
— Dushyant (@atti_cus) May 31, 2020
The screengrab was also tweeted by Amina (@LuvAminaKausar) who describes herself as an American but Indian by heart.
Modi claims 1 crore corona patients have been treated for free but India has less than 2 Lakh cases.
Whole world has ~62L positives as of today.
Who the hell has he been treating?
— أمينة Amina (@LuvAminaKausar) June 1, 2020
Writer Sanjukta Basu tweeted, “So Modi did say 1 crore COVID patients treated free. India has 182k patients and even the whole world doesn’t have 1 crore.”
India TV airs erroneous graphic, PM Modi did not make the claim
The graphic was part of India TV’s broadcast aired in the morning of May 31 where PM Modi’s radio show ‘Mann ki Baat’ was played live. However, on June 1, India TV aired a correction. “Yesterday during the broadcast of Mann Ki Baat, it was reported that one crore patients of corona have been treated in India. This was a human mistake. Let us make it clear that the number of corona patients in India is not so high. We are sorry for this mistake.”
#Correction कल मन की बात के प्रसारण के दौरान ये खबर चली कि भारत में कोरोना के एक करोड़ मरीज़ों का इलाज हुआ। ये मानवीय भूल थी। हम साफ कर दें कि भारत में कोरोना मरीज़ों की संख्या इतनी ज्यादा नहीं है। इस गलती के लिए हमें खेद है। pic.twitter.com/bUk6VvhMwC
— India TV (@indiatvnews) June 1, 2020