Twitter Group provides Covid-19 lifeline to India
In Srinagar, I live in the city of Kashmir managed by India, and the streets are empty under the blockade. However, through Twitter, I heard desperate voices from all over India: a son begged for an oxygen cylinder to save his mother; a daughter pulled out his parents’ chests outside the hospital; an old man was riding a bicycle with his dead wife on his back Find a place to cremate her; the whole of India has been turned into matches by mass cremation.
With thousands of new cases of Covid-19 happening every day, Twitter in India (with 18.9 million users) is now desperate. However, it has also become something else: a kind of emergency hotline for citizens, where neighbors cry out for help. Use hashtags like #CovidSOS and #SOSIndia to attract attention. Other users use resources to reply or tag others, hope someone-anyone—May be helpful. On-site volunteers working with NGOs or relief groups sometimes respond directly or provide advice on where to find local resources. Groups were also set up on Telegram and WhatsApp to look for oxygen tanks, empty beds and other necessities. The activities on these platforms are both encouraging evidence of people gathering together and condemnation of the government’s failure to prevent, contain and respond to the second wave of Covid-19.
Somya Lakhani is a journalist with 12,000 followers on Twitter and owns Covid-19. She suffers from severe headache, sore throat and gasping. Even lifting a finger was injured. Unable to fall asleep, she logged on Twitter at 4 a.m. and retweeted the phone calls of people in more serious conditions, trying to expand and spread these SOS news.A request help A 37-year-old nurse working at the Covid-19 Center in New Delhi. She needs help, an ICU bed… (please help) help. #CovidSOS #COVIDEmergency. Lakhani scrolled through her feeds, and frantically called or DM listed the resources she listed there. An hour later, she Tweet Again: “She is not anymore.”
Lakhani said: “I have been asking for help on Twitter after I didn’t have any offline work,” she added, her DM is now overwhelmed by requests from Covid-19 patients, and the phone hasn’t stopped ringing. But with the increase and chaos in the nationwide demand, potential customers are gradually decreasing. She said: “We are losing track for 8 of the 10 people who proposed SOS.” “Where is the government? I have no one to lend a hand. How long can Twitter manage the country for them?”
In January, at the World Economic Forum, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi (Narendra Modi), who leads the Hindu nationalist government boast The new coronavirus was successfully contained. He said: “This country where 18% of the world’s population lives has saved the entire human race from a major tragedy by effectively controlling corona.” But then, the guardrail dropped. The government allowed the masses to participate in Hindu festivals, and members of the ruling party held political gatherings with thousands of participants.
The hell is broken: the main hospitals in the big cities are out of oxygen. The patient died while waiting for medical assistance; the crematorium ran out of firewood. People are alone.Official statistics show that the death toll exceeds 3,000 per day, But experts say Real number higher.
In a sense, just by exposing the gap in official aid, Indian Twitter is full of implicit criticism of the Modi government. But the platform itself has complied with the government’s suppression of clear criticism. Twitter deleted at least 53 tweets, challenging the government’s handling of the epidemic. India’s new regulations require social media platforms to delete content deemed illegal by the authorities; Twitter tells Washington post These tweets were blocked according to local laws.