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India grapples with coronavirus 'storm'

India grapples with coronavirus 'storm'”

India set a new record this week for the highest number of new coronavirus infections of any country since the pandemic started, according to a report.

Manipal Hospitals CEO said Pramod Alagharu their supplier was willing to supply oxygen from its Faridabad unit, adding "an officer has taken control over the plant". Yesterday, it was very critical. "We therefore direct them to protect the fundamental right to life by whatever means", the court said.

"They asked me to pay in advance and pick it (up) from them the next day", the 34-year-old told AFP.

On Wednesday, 2,023 deaths were reported, which was the highest single-day spike so far.

Mr Kejriwal, who is in isolation after his wife tested positive for coronavirus on Tuesday, had on Sunday termed the shortage of oxygen for coronavirus patients an "emergency".

"Our concern is not just for Delhi, we want to know what the central government is doing with regard to oxygen supply across India", the bench said.

On Wednesday, almost 500 tonnes of oxygen were supplied to Delhi but this fell short of the required 700 tonnes per day.

In a statement, the Delhi government said, "It's indeed unfortunate that states like Haryana and Uttar Pradesh are curtailing the supply of life-saving oxygen to Delhi".

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A source at Indraprastha Apollo Hospital in New Delhi, a top private hospital, said staff had a "crazy night" as they ran short of oxygen but two tankers finally arrived after midnight.

The Centre, however, maintained in an affidavit to the Delhi high court and in the Prime Minister's televised address on Tuesday evening that there was no shortage of oxygen.

"We were hand to mouth but hoping the supply levels will increase from today", said the hospital source, who is not authorised to speak to media.

In recent weeks, the government has come in for criticism for holding packed political rallies for local elections and allowing a Hindu festival at which millions gathered.

Modi said the private sector will play an even more active role in the vaccination drive in the coming days and that this will require better coordination between hospitals and industry. The court made the scathing observation while hearing an urgent plea regarding the urgent need for oxygen at Max Hospitals in Shalimar Bagh and Patparganj in New Delhi.

The bench said, "We are constrained to direct the Centre to forthwith implement this order and take over supply of oxygen from steel plants and, if necessary, also from the petroleum plants to supply it to hospitals".

On Tuesday, the Delhi High Court said that economic interests cannot override human lives and in view of various hospitals in the national capital running low on oxygen, the Centre should immediately implement the ban on industrial use of oxygen instead of waiting till April 22.

"I told them there is online availability but they said the real-time data showed no beds", Mittal said.



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