With life-saving oxygen in short supply, family members in India are left on their own to ferry coronavirus patients from hospital to hospital in search of treatment as the country is engulfed in a devastating new surge of infections. Too often their efforts end
This refers to the report ‘Delhi extends lockdown as cases jump; India shaken: PM’ (April 26). Since a record number of positive cases and deaths are reported in the past few days, it seems no immediate end is likely to the crisis. The videos of families of patients
“This is not a wave, this is a tsunami,” exclaimed a Delhi High Court judge. “We are sitting on a volcano which may erupt any time,” said Pinarayi Vijayan, Chief Minister of the southern state of Kerala. Their words epitomised the mood in India last week as the second
At a time when India is groaning under the intolerable weight of casualties from the coronavirus, some countries have been kind enough to lend a helping hand, particularly the US and UK. Even neighbour Pakistan has pitched in. However, the one nation that
Bollywood superstar Sushmita Sen took to Twitter and inquired how she can get the tanks transported, only to have met with criticism from a user.
India hospitals are now grappling to get oxygen for COVID-19 patients. Over 20 patients have died in a renowned hospital in Delhi, due to lack of oxygen. Hospitals, cities, states are fighting for oxygen (“Indian hospitals plead for oxygen; submit national plan, SC tells Modi,” April 24, Gulf Today).
The Union government on Saturday decided to grant full exemption from Basic Customs Duty and health cess on import of oxygen and oxygen related equipment for three months.
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India is only the latest country to confront a lack of medical oxygen supplies. Earlier in the pandemic there were similar scenes of long lines in countries such as Brazil, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Peru and Venezuela.