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Fact Check: Still from TV series goes viral as docs dying of coronavirus in Italy

Fact Check: Still from TV series goes viral as docs dying of coronavirus in Italy

A picture showing some people in medical uniforms lying on the floor of a high-tech hospital ward has gone viral on social media. It is being claimed with the photo that over 200 doctors and nurses have died in Italy due to coronavirus.


The picture is taken from the American series "Grey's Anatomy". However, it is also true that more than 100 healthcare workers have died in Italy after contracting coronavirus.
Italy has been one of the worst affected by the coronavirus outbreak. By April 13 evening, it recorded almost 20,000 deaths, which also includes medical workers.
Now, a picture showing some people in medical uniforms lying on the floor of a high-tech hospital ward has gone viral on social media. It is being claimed with the photo that over 200 doctors and nurses have died in Italy due to coronavirus.
India Today Anti Fake News War Room (AFWA) has found the viral post to be misleading. The picture is a still from the American TV series "Grey's Anatomy".
The photo with the misleading claim is viral on Facebook. The archived can be seen here.
AFWA probe
With the help of reverse search, we found that the viral picture is available on several websites, saying it is a still from Wishin' and Hopin' - the 14th episode of the third season of Grey's Anatomy. This series is a medical drama following the personal and professional lives of the staff at Seattle's Grey Sloan Memorial Hospital.
The picture is also available on Getty Images with description about the particular episode (Wishin' and Hopin').
Deaths of doctors and nurses in Italy
A recent report by Al Jazeera says that 100 doctors have died in Italy after contracting coronavirus. Citing Italian media reports, it also says that 30 nurses and nursing assistants have died of Covid-19 in Italy.

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