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New Delhi: A photograph showing piles of currency notes scattered on the streets of Italy has been doing the rounds of social media, with the claim that Italians were throwing money out of desperation amid rising Covid-19 deaths in the country.

The image, shared widely on Facebook and Twitter, has been captioned: “People in Italy have thrown all their money on the streets, as they say it is of no use.”

Italy has seen more than 12,000 deaths so far, while over 1 lakh cases have been reported across the country.

The image has been shared by multiple handles on social media sites. One Facebook post has received over 100 likes and was shared more than 500 times.

इटली में लोगों ने अपनी दौलत सड़कों पर फेंक दी।उनका कहना है कि ये किसी काम की नहीं।

Chandan Kumar Chaudhary यांनी वर पोस्ट केले सोमवार, ३० मार्च, २०२०

The photograph is also being circulated widely via WhatsApp.

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Fact check

The image is an old one and not related to the coronavirus pandemic. The incident is from Venezuela, where a bank was looted in a town called Merida on 11 March 2019.

According to the fact checking website, the money thrown on the streets is Venezuela’s old currency — the Bolívar Fuerte — which was replaced by the new form of currency — Bolivar Soberano — in August 2018.

A Venezuelan news outlet has compiled many tweets and photographs of the incident. It has been reported that people who robbed the bank discarded the older currency notes on the streets and even lit some on fire.

In collaboration with SM Hoaxslayer.

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