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Indian capital running out of medical oxygen as pandemic surges

The country's total active caseload has reached 20,31,977.

As per his earlier statement, Sir Ganga Ram Hospital was faced with an acute shortage of oxygen, as it had only had supplies for another seven to eight hours.

"Only 6,000 cubic metres (of oxygen) left and the current consumption can only last till 1 a.m. Need urgent replenishment", the hospital said in a statement. Sisodia said that there should be no jungle raj between the states on the supply of oxygen, for this, the central government will have to be very sensitive and alert.

The daily positivity rate continues to show an upward trend and now stands at 15.99 per cent. Most patients are coming in a critical condition and require oxygen.

Health Minister Satyendar Jain sent an SOS to Union Minister Piyush Goyal at 10:20 pm, saying oxygen at GTB Hospital may not last beyond 4 hrs.

"I am scared for my parents and relatives more than I am scared for myself because they are not young anymore and getting admitted into a hospital right now is next to impossible", one Delhi resident told AFP.

On Tuesday, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had urged the Central government for immediate help with oxygen supply in Delhi, through his consecutive tweets.

Delhi on Tuesday reported 28,395 coronavirus cases as it registered its biggest ever single-day spike.

Residents in Delhi, which is under a six-day lockdown that began on Monday night, are fighting for hospital beds, oxygen, medicines - and even a place in its many crematoriums and graveyards.

According to Rana, around 120 patients in the ICU are heavily dependent on oxygen. However, the daily positivity rate stood at a worrisome 26%. "However, we kept informing both the Centre and the Delhi government".

In a deadliest day of the pandemic so far, India registered 1,761 Covid deaths in the last 24 hours, with 2.59 lakh new cases.

These include 91,70,717 healthcare workers (HCWs) who have taken the first dose and 57,67,657 HCWs who have taken the second dose, 1,14,32,732 FLWs who have received the first dose and 56,86,608 FLWs who have taken the second dose.

BUSINESS: DEL13 BIZ-VIRUS-FINMIN-VACCINE Govt to provide Rs 4,500 cr booster to vaccine manufacturers for ramping up capacity New Delhi: Looking to ramp up supplies ahead of the opening of Covid-19 vaccination to all citizens over 18 years of age, the government has approved a payment of about Rs 4,500 crore as advance to vaccine makers like Serum Institute of India (SII) and Bharat Biotech against future supplies, sources said.



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