On Sunday, after India went on a complete lockdown and followed the clapping exercise appealed by PM Modi, several Twitter users went on to share that these sounds and vibrations kill the virus around you.
While the Press Information Bureau’s fact checking team provided a clarification, Bollywood actor Amitabh Bachchan, unaware of current affairs, shared the same misleading information on his handle on the following day.
On Sunday, Big B along with his son Abhishek Bachchan , daughter-in-law Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and granddaughter Aaradhya, ringing bells to laud those fighting against coronavirus.
Big B called Janata Curfew "an unbelievable success".
"India has created HISTORY .. !! #JanataCurfew an unbelievable success .. and at 5 pm .. the entire country on their balconies roof tops gates and doors applauding the true heroes of the Nation .. NEVER SEEN ANYTHING LIKE THIS !I AM PROUD TO BE AN INDIAN JAI HIND Flag of India," Amitabh tweeted.
On Monday, Big B wrote on Twitter, “T 3479 - AN OPINION GIVEN: 5 pm; 22nd Mar, 'amavasya', darkest day of month ;virus, bacteria evil force at max potential & power ! Clapping shankh vibrations reduce/ destroy virus potency Moon passing to new 'nakshatra' Revati. cumulative vibration betters blood circulation”
To begin with, amavasya doesn’t fall on March 22nd but March 24th. Secondly, The Press Information Bureau's fact checking unit clarified by writing, "NO! The vibration generated by clapping together will NOT destroy #Coronavirus infection.”
"The JantaCurfew clapping initiative at 5pm is to express gratitude towards the Emergency staff working selflessly to counter coronavirus in India," the post added, attaching a screenshot from one such claim.
Perhaps Big B has fallen victim to sharing unaccountable messages circulating on social media, just like the seniors in every Indian home.