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ByGladwell Wanjiku

Sep 16, 2020

As India opens up its economy and people return to work, covid 19 cases have increased through the small towns and cities. With more than 4.8 million reported confirmed infections, India’s caseload is the second highest in the world after the US.
Not surprisingly, demand for oxygen has risen exponentially. Hospitals and care centers are consuming up to 2700 tonnes of oxygen every day. The worst affected state of Maharashtra has decided to reduce supply to neighboring states to meet its growing demand, a state government official said.
Oxygen manufactures say the demand for industrial oxygen has also shot up because more factories are now reopening. “Now 45% of the oxygen we are providing is going to industries, while 55% is going to hospitals and nursing homes,” said the president of all India industries gases manufacturers association.
Vehicles carrying oxygen will get right of way and can use sirens to ensure they reach hospitals fasters. India has recorded more than 79,000 fatalities from covid-19 so far. Death rates could easily climb because of scarcity of oxygen.

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