As new coronavirus cases and deaths in India reached record highs, doctors, hospital owners, journalists, and other Twitter users have been tweeting and amplifying pleas for oxygen supplies on social media platforms out of desperation. In India, oxygen supplies are at critically low levels, and some hospitals are overburdened with COVID-19 patients.
Many people in India are looking for ICU beds, oxygen, and plasma using hashtags like #CovidSOS and #COVIDEmergency2021, and others are trying to connect them with suppliers using hashtags like #CovidSOS and #COVIDEmergency2021.
As organizations like HumanKind Global try to track down leads to help them, groups on WhatsApp and Facebook have been inundated with posts from people in need of ICU beds, oxygen, and other supplies.
Oxygen supply to last only half an hour now, more than 200 lives are at stake. We lost 20 people amid an oxygen shortage last night: DK Baluja, Jaipur Golden Hospital#CovidSOS Call from A Delhi Hospital #COVIDEmergency2021 https://t.co/htE5HNgoze
— Hemant Rajaura (@hemantrajora_) April 24, 2021
According to journalist Abhishek Baxi wrote, “Not only is there a lack of oxygen supply for those who can’t get medical aid in a hospital, but hospitals themselves are scurrying for oxygen.” The number of requests for oxygen supplies on Twitter has increased in recent days, according to Baxi, “because they haven’t gotten any response from the authorities.” On news channels, there are reports that X hospital has only a few hours of oxygen left, or that Y hospital is optimizing patient supply because they only have 2 hours of oxygen left. With their hands tied, these hospitals have asked patients to go somewhere else – something that is impossible in a city where all hospitals are overcrowded.”
According to the Hindustan Times, 20 patients died on Saturday in a New Delhi hospital due to a lack of oxygen.
The second wave of COVID-19 cases has hit India. On Saturday, India reported 349,691 new cases, a new high, according to the Johns Hopkins coronavirus resource center.
On Saturday, the country reported 2,767 deaths from COVID-19, a new high. According to the Johns Hopkins data, only about 1.6 percent of the country’s population has been fully vaccinated.
According to the New York Times, the situation maybe even worse than the figures suggest, with Indian officials downplaying or overlooking COVID-19 deaths.
Furthermore, at the request of the Indian government, Twitter censored more than 50 posts critical of the government’s handling of the recent coronavirus outbreak, making the tweets inaccessible within India.