COVID patients die in India due to lack of O2

A health worker wearing personal protective equipment with a coronavirus patient outside the casualty ward at a New Delhi hospital

A health worker wearing personal protective equipment with a coronavirus patient outside the casualty ward at a New Delhi hospital

Leaders from around the world have extended support to India as the second wave of the pandemic continues to affect the country adversely.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi urged all citizens to be vaccinated and exercise caution, saying the "storm" of infections had shaken India, as the country set a new global record of the most number of COVID-19 infections in a day.

The 349,691 confirmed cases over the past day took India's total to more than 16.9 million, behind only the United States. The Health Ministry reported another 2,767 deaths in the past 24 hours, pushing India's fatalities to 192,311. Experts say even those figures are likely an undercount.

The wave of cases has left hospitals running out of critical oxygen supplies and the government has deployed military planes and trains to get oxygen to New Delhi not only from other parts of the country but also overseas. Hospitals in Delhi and across the country are turning away patients after running out of medical oxygen and beds.

The demand for oxygen from hospitals has almost tripled to 8,000 metric tons (8,800 tons), the federal government told the Delhi High Court last week.

"We have ramped up the production as oxygen consumption is rising through the roof".

On Saturday, Twitter complied with the government's request and prevented people in India from viewing more than 50 tweets that appeared to criticise the administration's handling of the pandemic.

A healthcare worker pushes an oxygen tank at a temporary hospital for Covid-19 patients in New Delhi.

"In a country which is home to 18% of the world population, that country has saved humanity from a big disaster by containing corona effectively", Modi said.

Doctors at New Delhi's All India Institute of Medical Sciences have found that one patient is now infecting up to nine in 10 contacts, compared with up to four previous year. The current surge in infections is in the northern and western states. "It's the variants of ineptitude and abdication of public health thinking by our decision makers".

Over the past two months, the outbreak in India has exploded, with reports of super spreader gatherings, oxygen shortages, and medicine scarcity.

A man reacts next to the body of his father who died from COVID-19 at a crematorium in New Delhi India
A man reacts next to the body of his father who died from COVID-19 at a crematorium in New Delhi India

"When people in India and elsewhere desperately need help, we can't let vaccines sit in a warehouse, we need to get them where they'll save lives", he said. The targeted posts include tweets from opposition ministers critical of Modi, journalists and ordinary Indians.

Last week, the Supreme Court told Modi's government to produce a national plan for the supply of oxygen and essential drugs for the treatment of coronavirus patients.

"All of the country's oxygen plants should immediately be taken over by the government through the army", he said. Three months on, only 33 have been created, according to the federal Health Ministry.

Ajoy Sehgal, a hospital spokesperson, would not comment on whether the 25 patients died from a lack of oxygen.

That's coming too late for hospitals in the capital and hard-hit states such as Maharashtra, which have turned to social media to plead with authorities to replenish their oxygen supplies.

The fire in a hospital intensive care unit killed 13 Covid-19 patients in the Virar area on the outskirts of Mumbai early on Friday (local time).

When the news anchor asked Bankata what happens when a hospital issues an SOS call as his had done, Bankata replied: "Nothing".

Hours later, the hospital received supplies to run for few hours.

Most of India's oxygen production capacity is centred around industries, many of which are concentrated in India's eastern states. Days before, the news agency reported, a minister in Haryana blamed Delhi authorities for looting an oxygen tanker when it was crossing their territory.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson also said he is looking at how the United Kingdom could help India. It has opened up the immunization program to all adults but faces a shortage.

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