Doctors and COVID-19 patients in India are turning to social media in desperate pleas for oxygen, blood plasma, and ICU beds


India hits world record COVID-19 cases.

Facebook, Twitter, and Whatsapp have been flooded with desperate calls for COVID-19 help from people in India. Doctors, politicians, and patients are seeking oxygen, ICU beds, and blood plasma. India’s COVID-19 daily cases hit a world record on Sunday, with 350,000 new cases. See more stories on Insider’s business page.

In India, social-media platforms are flooded with requests for oxygen, intensive care unit (ICU) beds, and blood plasma amid the deepening COVID-19 crisis.

India recorded more than 350,000 daily COVID-19 cases on Sunday, breaking the world record for the fifth consecutive day.

Doctors, politicians, and COVID-19 patients and their loved ones are using hashtags #CovidSOS and #COVIDEmergency2021 in Twitter posts to plead for supplies, The Verge first reported. Groups on WhatsApp and Facebook such as HumanKind Global are full of people searching for blood plasma and oxygen to help COVID-19 patients, The Verge reported.

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Hospitals in the country are struggling to cope with shortages of beds and oxygen supplies – some say they only have a few hours’ of oxygen supply left. Crematoriums are also starting to melt from operating for so long.

Prashant Kanojia, member of the Rashtriya Lok Dal party in India and a former journalist, on Sunday tweeted with the hashtag #CovidSOS that a hospital in Meerut, north India, needed urgent oxygen supplies.

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In response to a thread by journalist Swati Chaturvedi to amplify people’s requests for help, one Twitter user said her relative was a critical cancer patient who couldn’t be transferred to ICU because there were no beds available.

Another Twitter user replied to the thread, saying that their friend’s father was “extremely critical” and needed a ventilator urgently in the National Capital Region of India.

Vinay Srivastava, an Indian journalist who had COVID-19, tweeted on