#Indianeedsoxygen trends on Pakistani Twitter as India battles coronavirus
The coronavirus outbreak in India is hitting new records every day, and the health system in the worst-affected areas of the country looks on the verge of collapse.
Today alone, India recorded the world’s highest daily tally of new coronavirus cases for the second consecutive day, while daily deaths from COVID-19 also rose by a record.
With 332,730 new cases, the total number of cases in India exceeded 16 million (1 crore 60 lakh).
Deaths also rose to a record 2,263 in the past 24 hours, the Indian Ministry of Health said, as officials from North and West India, including the capital New Delhi, warned that most hospitals were full and running out of oxygen.
Medical oxygen and beds have become particularly scarce, with major hospitals posting warnings saying they don’t have room for more patients. The police are deployed to ensure the supply of oxygen.
Max Healthcare, which operates a network of hospitals in northern and western India, posted a Twitter call on Friday for emergency oxygen supply as its facility in Delhi.
“We are sorry to inform you that we are suspending the admission of new patients to all of our hospitals in Delhi … until oxygen supplies stabilize,” the company said.
Similar desperate calls from hospitals and ordinary people have been posted on social media for days this week across the country.
Seeing the situation in India, Pakistanis started the #Indianeedsoxygen trend in an appeal to the Pakistani government to help provide much-needed gas to the neighboring country.
Some have sent prayers for the situation in India to improve soon.
On Friday, #Indianeedsoxygen and #Indianlivesmatter were the top two trends on Pakistani Twitter.
Activist Usama Khilji joined Pakistani Twitterati and asked Pakistan to extend its aid to India with oxygen supplies.
— Usama Khilji (@UsamaKhilji) April 22, 2021
Tayab wished India would recover soon and hoped that both countries could defeat COVID-19 together.
— Syed Muhammad Tayab (@SyedMuh05723187) April 22, 2021
Some, worried about the situation next door, have called on Pakistan to impose a coronavirus lockdown.
Looking at India having a good health system than ours still it's health system collapsed!This covid 19 strain is deadly Pakistan should impose a sudden lockdown! We won't be able to bear any sort of oxygen shortage or increased patients in hospitals! @Asad_Umar #IndiaNeedsOxygen
— Tooba Jamali (@foveacentralis_) April 23, 2021
Twitter user Imran said he hoped every day when he got up to expect the situation in India to improve; but, unfortunately, that was not the case. He sent prayers wishing that misery would end in India and throughout the world.
Getting up in morning & hoping may the situation in India be better than yesterday but by watching NEWS one comes to know that unfortunately it is getting more painful there. May the misery end in India & whole world & may we see a normal, healthy globe, Aameen! #IndiaNeedsOxygen
— Muhammad Imran 🇵🇰 (@meritweeeets) April 23, 2021
Rozina shared an image to show the reality of the situation.
— Rozina Khan (@RozinaKhan1212) April 22, 2021
It’s not just the common man who suffers in India, many high-profile people, including opposition leader Rahul Gandhi and former Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Sigh, have been diagnosed with the coronavirus.
Prime Minister Imran Khan had wished former Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh a speedy recovery from the coronavirus, amid a wave of COVID-19 infections in India.
The former prime minister tested positive for coronavirus on Monday and was admitted to the trauma center of the Indian Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in Delhi, Indian media reported.
“I wish former Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh a speedy recovery from COVID-19,” the prime minister said in a tweet.
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