Following 24 March, when the central government announced the first of four nationwide lockdowns to restrict the spread of the novel coronavirus, representatives and ministers of the government have consistently misdirected the public with half-truths and outright lies to justify their policies and stave away criticism.
Many of the claims that officials made were demonstrably untrue in the face of ground reports that showed severe hunger and starvation in several parts of the country, particular among migrant workers. A large number of these lies seemed to be used to justify the nationwide lockdown and the mismanagement of repatriating migrant workers, ignoring the immeasurable loss of life and suffering inflicted on India’s poorest.
Officials also attempted to claim success in curbing the spread of the virus ignoring the continued threat the pandemic poses to the population. Below is a list of the most egregious misdirections and lies by government officials in the past three months.