Fact Check: Old Image From Thailand Viral As Myanmar Battling Shortage Of Medical Oxygen Amid COVID-19

An image of a baby being carried on a bike with medical oxygen attached to him, is being shared on social media. The image is shared in the backdrop that Myanmar battles for medical oxygen during the third wave of COVID-19. 

The post is shared on Facebook with a caption that reads, “Sonic in my heart Photo-Crd. Please Pray for Myanmar.” 

Here’s the link to the above post. Check similar posts here and here.

The image is being shared on Twitter with similar claims. 

FACT CHECK  

NewsMobile fact-checked the above claim and found it to be false.

A simple Reverse Image Search directed us to a Facebook post uploaded on July 9, 2019, by a Thai user that carried the same image.

The caption of the post reads, “Can’t speak, can’t think of a caption. Mother and father drove the car to Mae Chan. Who knows or knows or has seen if you can help Madam gave it to me. The weather was very hot. Father turned to adjust the oxygen tank. Nong every red light. and a lot of traffic during this period. Thank you to this world for creating true love from the people you call your mother and father. At least it’s one thing that the whole world is equally lucky.”

According to a Google search, Mae Chan is a district in Thailand. 

Searching further, we found out that the same image was published in a Thai newspaper on July 10, 2019. According to the report, the parents had to ride on a motorcycle carrying a baby suffering from respiratory problems with an oxygen tank and endure the heat to reach a hospital. 

Another report by Thai media stated that the image showed a family in Chiang Rai province of Thailand who had to carry their two-year-old child to see a doctor on a motorcycle. The report further stated that the parents had to travel to Mae Chan province as their child was suffering from respiratory problems. The report was published on July 10, 2019.

Thus, it is evident from the above information that an old image from Thailand is being falsely shared as Myanmar battling shortage of oxygen during the third wave of the COVID-19.

 

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