Gangtok, April 22:

The Government of India announced on April 21, that over the coming days, they will conduct a telephonic survey to gather citizen feedback on prevalence and distribution of Coronavirus symptoms. Citizens of the country will be given a call on their mobile phones from the number 1921 by the National Informatics Centre (NIC), Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY).

The Government has also asked all states and Union Territories inform the general public of the official nature of this survey through media and also to make aware of any other calls by pranksters or phishing/fishing attempts from any other number.

The government has urged participation from citizens across the country, while simultaneously also asking people to beware of pranksters and fraudsters calling from other numbers besides the given one. Citizens need to keep in mind the number Indian Government will be used to call is 1921. “Please be aware of any other calls by pranksters or calls from any other number in the guise of such similar survey,” states the Health Ministry. Any such fraudulent calls from other numbers can be reported to PIB Fact check so as to aware others also.

The official Press Information Bureau (PIB) account says, “People are informed that it is a genuine survey and are requested to participate in a good measure when a call comes in from 1921 to enable proper feedback of the prevalence and distribution of COVID-19 symptoms. “The Government of India has decided to gather people’s feedback on the prevalence of Coronavirus symptoms, using a telephonic survey. Citizens will receive calls on their mobile phones, from 1921. States and UTs have been requested to popularize the information about the survey.”

Since the announcement of the lockdown extension, India is now in the second phase of lockdown until May 3, the Government of India has implemented many precautionary measures and this survey is one of them. India currently is in the 17th ranking of the world’s worst-affected countries with 20,178 cases and 645 deaths, while more than 98 people have recovered, as of April 22. Sikkim has had no reported case of the COVID-19 yet.

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