MUMBAI: Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh urged people not to fool around with rumors and messages regarding the novel coronavirus on April Fool's Day, which occurs on April 1st.
In a video appeal on the eve of April Fool's Day that is on Tuesday, Deshmukh said, "Tomorrow is April 1... On this day, people have a tendency to send jokes, pranks or messages to fool each other and enjoy but today, the entire state and the country is grappling with coronavirus."
He further warned that any joke regarding the virus will not be tolerated. He said, "Under these trying circumstances if anybody tries to send wrong or misleading messages, circulate rumors which can create problems for the government, will not be tolerated."
"Anybody found indulging in such rumor-mongering will be dealt with strictly and booked under the Cyber Crime laws. All are requested to cooperate with the government," Deshmukh concluded.
So far, India has reported 1251 confirmed COVID-19 cases with the death toll standing at 32. Maharashtra remains the worst-hit with 230 positive cases and 8 deaths.