Fact Check: Image Of Croatian Hospital Evacuation After Earthquake Shared As Situation In Italy Due To COVID-19

The Logical Indian Fact Check team investigates the claim that Italy set up hospital beds on the streets

India   |   9 April 2020 5:11 AM GMT
Editor : Bharat Nayak | By : Yashas PR
Fact Check: Image Of Croatian Hospital Evacuation After Earthquake Shared As Situation In Italy Due To COVID-19
Image credit: Amar Ujala, NDTV

Social media posts claiming COVID-19 patients in hospital beds on the streets in Europe have gone viral on various social media sites. The posts claim that the hospitals in Italy and Spain, the largest COVID-19 hotspot in Europe, are full. As a consequence, patients are either left or treated on the streets.

Former Delhi MLA and the National Spokesperson of Akali Dal, Manjinder S Sirsa who has more than 135,000 followers tweeted the images claiming it to be from Italy and Spain. While posturing to his followers to abide by the government's order to stay home to prevent a similar situation in India.

Facebook page "Australian Rang", posted identical images with the caption "Situation in Italy." The page with more than 40,000 followers claims to be a Brisbane-based organisation that has been promoting Punjabi culture since 2017.

We found similar posts in Hindi and Telugu urging people to listen to the government and stay at home. We also had several tweets with similar claims, one of which was retweeted more than 32,000 times.


Italy set up hospital beds on the streets


The claim is false. Following reverse image search on Google and Source, we found that the photos are from Croatia after a 5.3 magnitude earthquake hit the north of the capital of Croatia, Zagreb. We found the images published by the two Croatian daily Newspapers (Slobodna Dalmacija & Jutarnji list) dated 22nd March 2020. According to the Croatian media houses, the images were taken from evacuating hospitals in the quake-affected areas of Zagreb. We also found various twitter handles connecting the same collection of photos to the earthquake.

We can now ascertain the various social media reports claiming to show scenes in Italy and Spain during the novel coronavirus pandemic are, in fact, false. In reality, theses posts show the aftermath of a major earthquake that struck the Croatian capital of Zagreb on March 20.2020. Misinformation and rumours surrounding infectious diseases can lead to unjustified panic and chaos, which would deter our fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. Help the fight by staying at home and maintaining social distance.

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Claim Review :  Italy set up hospital beds on the streets
Claimed By :  Social Media posts
Fact Check :  Misleading
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Aditi Chattopadhyay

Aditi Chattopadhyay

Fact Checker

Aditi, part of the fact checking team of The Logical Indian likes to read, write, cook and laugh, in short live life as it is supposed to be. What makes her fascinated is to discover the truth behind a story and more often than not, it is either fact or myth at the end.

Bharat Nayak

Bharat Nayak

Founding Editor- Special Project

As the founding editor, Bharat had been heading the newsroom during the formation years of the organization and worked towards editorial policies, conceptualizing and designing campaign strategies and collaborations. He believes that through the use of digital media, one could engage the millennial's in rational conversations about pertinent social issues, provoking them to think and bring a behavioral change accordingly.

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