This video shows a hospital in India

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A video of a woman claiming that pneumonia, HIV, and cardiovascular patients are being treated together in a hospital’s COVID-19 isolation ward has been viewed thousands of times in multiple posts on Facebook and Twitter. The footage includes superimposed text that claims the hospital is the Abbasi Shaheed Hospital, a state-run facility in the Pakistani city of Karachi. The claim is false; the video in fact shows a hospital in the Indian city of Mumbai; Abbasi Shaheed Hospital also refuted the claim and said that they do not admit COVID-19 patients in general. 

The one-minute 37-second video has been viewed more than 1,700 times after it was published on Facebook here on April 27, 2020.

The footage shows a man and woman, both wearing surgical masks, making claims in Hindi about a hospital using a COVID-19 isolation ward to treat non-related ailments. 

At the 20-second mark, the man states that his wife has HIV and tuberculosis and was “admitted to corona ward” and that hospital staff “are saying that they do not have ventilators.” He adds: “Please someone should help me. Please.”

The woman then states: “Well you can see that an HIV patient has been admitted to the corona ward, pneumonia patients have also been admitted to the corona ward and the heart patients as well. So you can imagine how Shatabdi hospital is playing with the lives of the public.”

The video’s superimposed text reads: “This video is Abbasi Shaheed Hospital Karachi.” 

The post’s caption read: “All Patients are transfered [sic] in Corona Ward. HIV, Heart etc.”

Below is a screenshot of the misleading Facebook post:

Screenshot of the misleading Facebook post

The same video was also shared alongside a similar claim that the hospital is in Pakistan on Facebook here and here and on Twitter here.

The claim is false.

The woman speaking in the video names the hospital as Shatabdi Hospital, a facility in Mumbai. In the clip, she speaks Hindi, the most widely spoken language in India, and not Urdu, the lingua franca in Pakistan.

A search also found another video that the same woman published on YouTube that details allegedly grim conditions for COVID-19 patients at Shatabdi Hospital. The video was published on April 9, 2020 and is titled “CONDITION OF MUMBAI SHATABDI HOSPITAL TREATING COVID-19 PATIENTS”.

“I request all of you do not bring your patient to Shatabdi hospital, because other than death they will not give anything,” she says at the video’s two-minute mark.

At the three-minute 50-second mark, the woman also claims that a pneumonia patient was put into a COVID-19 isolation area and asks “will our administration take responsibility for her or will our Mr. Modi?” – a reference to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Below is a screenshot of the YouTube video:

Screenshot of the YouTube video

Abbasi Shaheed Hospital, the Karachi hospital named in the misleading posts, refuted the claim that the video shows its facility.  

“The video circulating on social media was wrongly attributed to his hospital. We don't have any diagnostic facility of coronavirus and subsequently there is no admission of coronavirus patients at the hospital," Dr. Nadeem Rajput, the hospital’s medical superintendent, told AFP by phone on May 4, 2020.