This video of Indonesian officials dancing was taken before the country detected its first Covid-19 case

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A video viewed tens of thousands of times on Facebook purports to show Indonesia’s top officials “dancing without obeying health protocols” during the pandemic. The claim is false; the video was filmed in January 2020, weeks before Indonesia announced its first Covid-19 case. 

The video was posted here on January 7, 2021, and has since been viewed more than 3,700 times. 

A screenshot of the misleading post, taken on January 8, 2021

It shows a group of people dancing, including Indonesia’s Social Affairs Minister Tri Rismaharini and Chief Security Minister Mahfud MD, while Home Affairs Minister Tito Karnavian is seen singing. 

The post’s Indonesian-language caption translates to English as: “They gleefully dance without obeying health protocols. Meanwhile, citizens have been left to live in fear, prohibited from gathering in public, ordered to maintain social distancing, wear face masks and wash hands.” 

The video has been viewed more than 100,000 times after it also appeared here on Facebook.

The claim, however, is false.

A Google reverse image search using keyframes extracted from the video with the InVid-WeVerify tool, found the footage was previously posted here on a YouTube channel of Indonesia’s news agency Antara on February 3, 2020. 

The video’s Indonesian-language title translates to English as “Home Affairs Minister Sings Gemu Famire, Risma Dances Maumere as She Is Joined by Mahfud Md.” 

The video’s caption reads: “During the coordination meeting of the East Java provincial government and regional heads from the whole province on Friday, January 31, 2020 at Grand City, Surabaya Mayor Tri Rismaharini performed the Maumere dance as Home Affairs Minister Tito Karnavian sang the song. Coordinating Minister for Politics, Legal and Security Affairs Mahfud MD later joined Risma to dance, albeit only for a moment.”

The part seen in the misleading post matches the scenes at the 1:00-2:30 mark of the original video.

Surabaya Mayor Rismaharini, better known as Risma, was appointed social affairs minister on December 22, 2020.

The meeting on January 31, 2020 was also reported by Suara.com and Radar Online.

Indonesia announced its first Covid-19 cases on March 2, 2020, as reported by AFP and local media Kompas

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