The number of new confirmed infections reached 412,262 on Thursday, the second time this month that daily cases exceeded 400,000, while the health ministry reported 3,980 new deaths in the past 24 hours. Both figures are considered to be underestimated, the experts said.
Demand for medical oxygen in the country has also increased sevenfold, exacerbating the problem.
As of Wednesday evening, 11 COVID-19 patients died when the pressure in an oxygen line suddenly dropped, possibly due to a faulty valve, the Times of India reported.
Most infirmaries in India do not have independent factories that generate oxygen directly for patients – doctors usually rely on liquid oxygen stored in cylinders and transported in tankers, but supplies in them. hard-hit areas are extremely limited.
Harsh Vadhan, the country’s health minister, said there was enough oxygen, but there were difficulties getting it to the places that needed it most. Most of the oxygen is produced in the eastern regions of the country, but demand is increasing in the northern and western regions.
India on Tuesday built a sea bridge between Bahrain and Kuwait in the Persian Gulf to carry oxygen tankers, officials said.
Experts told the Washington Post that India could soon see 500,000 new cases a day before the outbreak begins to abate, and K. Vijay Raghvan, senior science adviser to the Indian government, said the current phase of the crisis was “very critical time for the country. ”
Wealthy Western countries such as the United States, Britain and Germany are rushing the country for rapid tests, oxygen and therapeutics, as well as the materials needed to boost vaccine production, which will allow the manufacture of 20 million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine.
The Indian government dismissed reports that it had waited seven days to come up with a plan to distribute foreign medical supplies as “totally misleading” and said a streamlined allocation mechanism had been put in place.
With pole wires