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Twitter says it saw 600% increase in daily average tweets around COVID-19 during India’s second wave of coronavirus

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The company also found that tweets from medical professionals sharing information in April-May were 1.5 times that in the preceding period.

Twitter India: Twitter has shared key insights regarding the tweets related to coronavirus that the microblogging platform saw during the second wave of the pandemic in India between April 1 and May 31. Comparing the tweets related to COVID-19 in the months of February and March with those in April and May, Twitter found that there was 600% increase in the average number of daily COVID-19 related tweets on the platform, meaning that the average number of daily tweets related to the pandemic in April-May was seven times that in February-March period. Not only that but the support and sharing of information among people about COVID-19 related queries increased by 50%. The company also found that tweets from medical professionals sharing information in April-May were 1.5 times that in the preceding period.

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The tweets that sought or provided medical help during the second wave increased by a whopping 1958%, which is a bittersweet figure, because while it shows how more people stepped up to help others, it also brings us face-to-face again with the extent to which the second wave impacted the country. The hashtag COVID19 was tweeted 77% more during the wave, Twitter added. While the hashtag Plasma saw an 834% increase, the use of hashtag SOS increased by 152%. Tweets around vaccination also increased drastically, with the tweets containing hashtags vaccination and vaccine increased by 246%, indicating an increase in conversations around the awareness and availability of vaccines.

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Authentic and accurate information by experts, government officials, health professionals and epidemiologists was sought by people using various hashtags around updates regarding coronavirus and this increased by 916%, Twitter added. Not only that, but Twitter said that it also saw several people raising funds for various purposes during the pandemic as conversations around fundraising during April-May were eight times those during February-March.

Hashtags and conversations around mental health also continued to be important, as such posts increased by 153%.

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