A one-minute video that shows several patients lying on hospital beds apparently placed outside hospital premises is being shared on social media. Several people have reached out to Alt News enquiring if the video shows the current situation of hospitals in India.

As per requests on the official Alt News Android application, the viral video is circulating with that claim that it is from Osmania Hospital in Hyderabad. We have also received multiple requests to fact-check the viral video on WhatsApp (+917600011160). As per some of the accompanying claims, the video is from Thane-Bhiwandi area in Maharashtra.

Fact-check

Alt News performed a reverse image search via Google and found a fact-check report by Pakistan-based news platform Siasat. As per the June 15 report, the video is from Services Hospital, Lahore. However, isn’t related to COVID-19.

There was a fire in the hospital possibly due to a short circuit and as a result, patients had to be evacuated to different wards.

The collage below shows the image comparison of a screenshot from the viral video and a picture of Services Hospital, Lahore uploaded on Google Maps.

Upon performing a keyword search we found several media reports on the incident. As per Gulf News, the incident took place on June 13. The report also mentioned that the video of patients waiting on hospital beds outside the facility has caused confusion on social media. Pakistan-based news website Samaa reported that about 40 patients were shifted because of the fire. As per Nation, a 50-year old patient passed away due to lack of oxygen during the process of shifting.

Thus, a video from Lahore was shared as the plight of patients in Osmania hospital, Hyderabad.

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Archit is a graduate in English Literature from The MS University of Baroda. He also holds a post-graduation diploma in journalism from the Asian College of Journalism. Since then he has worked at Essel Group's English news channel at WION as a trainee journalist, at S3IDF as a fundraising & communications officer and at The Hindu as a reporter. At Alt News, he works as a fact-checking journalist.