On May 29, Delhi reported more than 1,000 coronavirus cases for the second consecutive day taking the total number of cases close to 17,400. In the backdrop of this, a video of a group of people complaining about dead bodies kept on hospital beds while patients lying on the floor not attended by doctors is circulating on social media. “This scene opens your eyes to the truth. Otherwise in Delhi, advertisements speak”, tweeted one Avinash Tripathi. The tweet has garnered close to 1,000 retweets.
झूठ का परिणाम है…😢😢
— AVINASH TRIPATHI 🇮🇳🇮🇳 (@TRIPATHI_AVI_) May 29, 2020
Twitter user Sangeet Kumar posted the video with the message, “ये दिल्ली के हालात है लाशें इतनी ज्यादा है कि पांच पांच दिन संस्कार नहीं हो पा रहा । अकेले लोकनायक हॉस्पिटल मे 106 बॉडी पड़ी है । 80 मोर्चरी रेक मे और 26 जमीन पर। (This is the condition of Delhi where due to the large number of dead bodies, some have not been cremated from the last five days. There are 106 dead bodies in Lok Nayak hospital itself. 80 in mortuary and 26 on the ground)”. The tweet was retweeted by Congress leader Alka Lamba.
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Video from Mumbai
Alt News found that the video is not from a hospital in Delhi but from King Edward Memorial Hospital, Mumbai. In the video itself, one can hear a person saying that it’s KEM hospital. The video was shot on May 26, 2020. BJP leader Ram Kadam tweeted it on May 27 and claimed that dead bodies of patients who died due to coronavirus are kept in the same ward as the patients.
मुम्बई के KEM हॉस्पिटल के वार्ड 20A की है? ये वीडियो मंगलवार को बनाया गया है ? वीडियो में साफ दिख रहा है कि कोरोना मरीज को हॉस्पिटल की ज़मीन पर है, ? मरीज के आस पास के हर बिस्तर पर कोरोना से हुई मौत के बाद लाशों को रखा गया है? पूरे वार्ड में कचरा फैला हुआ है ? @OfficeofUT pic.twitter.com/dCEmRg49n1
— Ram Kadam (@ramkadam) May 27, 2020
Maharastra Congress spokesperson Sachin Sawant quote-tweeted Kadam and posted screenshots of a clarification issued by Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC). According to the clarification, the video was shot during a sudden strike of KEM employees. It justified the lack of medical staff and unhygienic conditions inside hospital wards due to the strike. It also stated that normalcy returned after the strike was called off. The government clarified that these videos do not represent the current condition at KEM hospital.
.@ramkadam यांनी दाखवलेल्या व्हिडिओ ची पार्श्वभूमी पहा! आरोप करण्याआधी लोकप्रतिनिधींनी प्रशासनाला प्रश्न विचारला तर लोकांमध्ये घबराट पसरणार नाही. तसेच अशा प्रयत्नांतून जीवाची बाजी लावून अविरत सेवा करणाऱ्या डॉक्टर, नर्सेस व इतर कर्मचाऱ्यांचे नैतिक बळ कमजोर होते. पण हे समजणार कोण? https://t.co/rLsC6l7kCZ pic.twitter.com/RZFAysOocD
— Sachin Sawant सचिन सावंत (@sachin_inc) May 27, 2020
“Claiming they were working in harsh conditions, Class III and IV employees of the KEM hospital in Mumbai staged a protest Tuesday after a fellow colleague died, and his body remained in the mortuary for two days.” reported The Indian Express on May 26, 2020.
In conclusion, a video showing the poor condition of KEM hospital ward during a strike by staff members was shared with the false claim that it is from Delhi.