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COVID-19: How India is turning to social media to save lives during latest surge

Category: World

Date: 2021-04-23T20:03:12+0000
COVID-19: How India is turning to social media to save lives during latest surge

Shafaq News / Families, friends and even hospitals in India are issuing desperate pleas for help on social media, as the country struggles to cope with COVID-19, Sky News reported. 

According to the website, appeals for hospital beds, oxygen and plasma are flooding Twitter, as well as Facebook, Instagram and private messaging platforms such as WhatsApp.

"Need a bed for my COVID+ father," one woman in Delhi posted to Twitter. "His oxygen has dropped to 79/80. Any leads will be appreciated."

This outpouring of requests comes as India confirmed 16 million cases so far, second only to the United States, in a country of nearly 1.4 billion people.

The country is reporting record-high numbers of confirmed cases.

People are sharing personal information - such as phone numbers - in their posts in a bid to get leads on available oxygen or beds as rapidly as possible.

Hashtags including #COVIDEmergency and #COVIDSOS are being used to earmark pleas for assistance. Tips for using Twitter - such as how to filter information for posts near you - are also being shared widely.

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