Does This Video Show a Monkey Invasion in an Indian Hospital?

A tweep shared this video on July 13 claiming it is of a modern Indian hospital invaded by monkeys.

Others went on to add that they invaded a COVID-19 patients ward, a claim that would cause alarm especially in the face of the pandemic.

See a similar claim here.

Background

India has so far recorded over 1 million cases of COVID-19, with nearly 30,000 deaths, numbers that have overwhelmed Indian hospitals. There have been reports of people being turned away from hospitals in the worst-hit cities, New Delhi and Mumbai.

India is home to a large family of monkeys species distributed from the evergreen Western Ghats to northeast states and dry forests of central India. There have been cases of monkey, invasions and attacks in the country over the years.

Verification

A separation of the keyframes of the clip followed by reverse searches shows that the clip dates back to March 2019.

The video can be found in this article dated March 29, 2019, as can be seen in the screenshot below:

The primates identified as vervet monkeys, reportedly broke into the RK Hospital in Durban to steal food. The situation had been going on for months as indicated in this report by a local South African broadcaster on February 8, 2019.

Verdict

The video of monkeys invading a hospital is an old one from South Africa and has nothing to do with the ongoing pandemic, making the claim, FALSE.

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Peris Gachahi

Peris Gachahi is a reporter at Africa Uncensored.She is passionate about human interest stories told through in-depth documentaries, data stories and digital storytelling.