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Delhi hospitals run out of oxygen as India’s Covid crisis mounts

Delhi hospitals run out of oxygen as India’s Covid crisis mounts

4/23/2021 7:35:00 AM

Delhi hospitals run out of oxygen as India ’s Covid crisis mounts

Six hospitals said they had exhausted their supplies on Thursday night as the country recorded another daily record of 332,000 cases

Photograph: APHealth works help a patient being brought to Covid care centre in India’s capital, Delhi. Several hospitals in the capital reported running out of oxygen on Thursday.Photograph: APFri 23 Apr 2021 04.59 BSTLast modified on Fri 23 Apr 2021 05.03 BST

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As many as six hospitals in the Indian capital,Delhi, had completely exhausted their oxygen supplies by Thursday evening, as another unprecedented surge in Covid-19 cases overwhelmed health systems in major cities.Hospital staff posted emergency alerts on social media and signs outside their wards warning that they desperately needed more oxygen to treat patients. Fortis Healthcare, a major provider, posted an SOS appeal on Twitter on Thursday night, writing: “Fortis Hospital in #Haryana has only 45 minutes of oxygen left” and urging the authorities to allow an oxygen tanker from Bhiwadi, south of the capital, to reach its hospital.

As infections have pushed hospitals to breaking point, some areas have been accused of blocking tankers of oxygen from reaching neighbouring states.Delhi’s deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia wrote to the health minister to warn that some hospitals had just a few hours of oxygen left, and that supply at six private hospitals had run out entirely. He accused police and senior officials in Uttar Pradesh and Haryana of blocking tankers carrying oxygen and delaying supplies.

Read moreThe virus has spread with unprecedented speed in India, with health experts blaming lax measures, political failings and a more infectious variant. On Friday morning, India reported another record-breaking daily case load of 332,348 in the previous 24 hours. It followed news on Thursday that

in any country since the start of the pandemic.On Friday morning, nearly 2,250 new deaths were also announced.A man walks past burning funeral pyres of people, who died from Covid.Photograph: Danish Siddiqui/ReutersTelevision and social media footage showed desperate scenes in and around hospitals, which have been forced to turn sick patients away due to shortages of beds, medicines and oxygen.

A member of the Delhi’s legislative assembly issued an emotional appeal from his hospital bed on Thursday. Saurabh Bharadwaj from the Aam Aadmi party spoke in a breathless voice through his oxygen mask calling for help from the government: “The hospital in which I am admitted has only three hours of oxygen left. When I remove this mask, it feels like a non-swimmer has been pushed into a pool and is gasping for breath,” Bharadwaj said.

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gujratbhai Har jagah naam kar rhe h.. Bread and butter hospitals do not know how to do water electrolysis? Would it not make sense for other countries to offer some help? Situation serious out in India. Most distressing Bullshit India has nuclear weapons but cannot produce Oxygen. OK MSM keep pushing the narrative we suck it up like the Iraq's WMD you pushed years ago!