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COVID19 continues to pose a threat for India with a major oxygen shortage, hospitals go to court

Darpan News Desk Darpan, 05 May, 2021 07:03 PM
  • COVID19 continues to pose a threat for India with a major oxygen shortage, hospitals go to court

The COVID19 crisis in India has only worsened with daily infections rising in the 300,000 mark for 2 weeks in a row. 

The country's deaths rose by a new high of 3,780 in the last day. 

According to the World Health Organization, India accounted for nearly half the coronavirus cases reported around the world. 

In a weekly report, the WHO said India is responsible for 46 per cent of global cases and 25 per cent of global deaths reported in the past week.

There is desparate struggle for oxygen and there is a major shortage of hospital beds. Crematoriums and morgues are packed and can't keep up with the constant flow of corpses coming in. 

Bed shortage In India

 

India’s government says there are enough oxygen supplies but distribution has been a challenge due to transport problems. 

Oxygen cylinders

 

A two-judge bench of the Delhi High Court has been holding almost daily video conferences to hear petitions from hospitals invoking India's constitutional right to protection of life. 

The judges ordered the Delhi state government to immediately arrange supplies. The country's top court has ordered the Indian government to present an oxygen plan. 

Minister of Railways Piyush Goyal took via a Twitter post spoke to the oxygen distribution in the capital Delhi as well as arrangement regarding hospital beds.

Two “oxygen express” trains reached the capital Delhi on Wednesday carrying desperately needed liquid oxygen, Goyal commented and over 25 trains have so far delivered oxygen to different parts of India.

The current Modi government has faced a serious backlash for not doing more to curb the transmission of the virus and continue religious festivals and political rallies where thousands descended. 

India's surge in cases has resulted in a serious drop in vaccinations because of supply and delivery problems. 

A least 3 states, including Maharashtra, have reported a shortage of vaccines and ending up shuttering vaccination clinics. 

India’s government is facing growing pressure to impose a nationwide lockdown in order to tackle the COVID19 pandemic that has run rampant. 

According to health experts, hospitalizations and deaths will decline within a 6-9 month period. 

Photos courtesy of Istock. 

 

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