Andhra Pradesh: The state now is in 19th position in the country in overall Covid-19 toll with more than 10,000 deaths since April 2020. Like many states, Andhra Pradesh also faced a shortage of hospital beds and oxygen supply. On April 29, Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy has ordered officials to arrange 1000 oxygen beds and 2000 non-oxygen beds in CCCs in every district, as part of the government’s efforts to increase the availability of beds.
On May 15 & 17, 2021, YSR Congress Party, the ruling party from Andhra Pradesh has tweeted two images with the information of beds available in Covid hospitals in the state as of 14 & 16 May respectively. (Archive here and here)
Translation: “List of beds available in 650 Covid hospital in Andhra Pradesh”
— YSR Congress Party (@YSRCParty) May 15, 2021
Translation: “List of beds available in 649 Covid hospital in Andhra Pradesh”
— YSR Congress Party (@YSRCParty) May 17, 2021
FactO Check: Many have raised questions about the images used in the tweets. Facto News has received multiple requests to verify the images uses in the tweet. A simple reverse image search of the above tweeted images have directed us to two articles from Deccan Chronicle and The New Indian Express.
The image tweeted on May 15, 2021 by @YSRCParty was used in an article “Second wave: About 35% of beds vacant in Chennai government tertiary hospitals”, by The New Indian Express published on 20th April, 2021. Whereas the image tweeted by @YSCRParty on March 17, 2021 was used in an article “25% Covid beds to be added in Telangana”, by Deccan Chronicle on April 16, 2021.
Conclusion: YSRC Party have used unrelated images twice to share information regarding availability of hospital beds.