#IndiaNeedsOxygen trends on Pakistani Twitter as Covid situation goes grim

Kolkata, India: In an unusual display of solidarity between the two generally hailed arch-enemy nations, #IndiaNeedsOxygen trended on Pakistan's Twitter as users urged their Prime Minister Imran Khan to stand beside India amid the Covid situation spiraling out of control. 

The Twitter trend came Saturday after India reported the world's highest-ever caseload in a single day as the virus situation in the nation goes grim day by day. 

From a chronic shortage of hospital beds to a sudden lack of oxygen, India is struggling to keep up with the surging number of COVID-19 patients turning to the entries of hospitals nationwide. 

On Friday, India's virus toll surpassed the 330,000 new cases mask.

People have been using Twitter and other social media to crowdsource support for oxygen tanks, hospital beds, and other necessities, rather than traditional channels of communication.

In an unusual display, Pakistanis have mobilized in support of their neighbors, urging the Prime Minister to intervene to improve the situation in India. Prayers and messages of sympathy continued to flood in.

Faisal Edhi, the foundation's chairman and the son of philanthropist Abdul Sattar Edhi, has also provided assistance to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Meanwhile, the world hit a new daily record of coronavirus cases due mainly to an explosion of the virus in India, but Covid jabs also approached one billion globally on Saturday, offering hope after months of pandemic misery.

India also reported another 2,624 deaths hours, taking the official toll to nearly 190,000 since the pandemic started.

India has become the new pandemic hotspot -- queues of Covid-19 patients and their fearful relatives have built up outside hospitals in major cities -- and acute shortages of oxygen have been reported from all over the country.

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