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NEW DELHI: A sharp increase in Covid-19 cases and deaths in the country has led to a shortage of hospital beds and medical-grade oxygen.
The government has stepped up its efforts to bring oxygen to hospitals using Oxygen Express, air force planes and trucks to transport tanker trucks, as new cases once again hit a new peak of 3.49 lakh in a single day.

The government bans the use of liquid oxygen for non-medical purposes
The Center, in order to alleviate the oxygen supply situation in hospitals that care for Covid patients, decided on Sunday to restrict the use of liquid oxygen, including all existing stock, only for medical purposes with immediate effect.
“No exceptions are allowed to any industry regarding the use of liquid oxygen,” stated the order issued by Interior Secretary Ajay Kumar Bhalla, who is also chairman of the national executive committee, under the United States Disaster Management Act. 2005.
551 oxygen generation plants to be installed across India through PM Cares
The Center on Sunday authorized the allocation of funds for the installation of 551 dedicated pressure swing adsorption (PSA) medical oxygen generation plants to be installed within public health facilities across the country. The funds will come through PM Cares.
This comes after Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s order to increase oxygen availability for hospitals amid a surge in Covid cases in the country as India battles an oxygen crisis.
The Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) in a statement said that the PM Cares Fund has approved in principle the allocation of funds for the installation of these oxygen plants.
The railways will deliver more than 140 MT of liquid oxygen in the next 24 hours
Indian Railways will deliver more than 140 MT of liquid oxygen in the next 24 hours. Currently, 9 tankers are already on the run, of which 5 will arrive in Lucknow tonight and the remaining 4 containers of LMOs that have already departed from Bokaro are expected to arrive in Lucknow early tomorrow.

So far Oxygen Express has run between Mumbai to Vizag via Nagpur to Nashik and Lucknow to Bokaro and vice versa. So far a total of 10 containers with almost 150 tons of liquid oxygen have been transported.
Currently, 9 tankers are already on the move, of which 5 will arrive in Lucknow tonight and the remaining 4 containers of LMOs that have already left Bokaro are expected to arrive in Lucknow tonight.
The Navy deploys ‘Oxygen Express’ in island territories
On Sunday, the Navy launched an “Oxygen Express” ferry to the country’s island territories, with a warship sent from Kochi to Lakshadweep with oxygen cylinders and medical supplies.

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The INS Sharda patrol vessel transported 35 oxygen cylinders, rapid antigen detection test kits, personal protective equipment, masks and other equipment to Kavaratti.
Oxygen Express with 70 tons of oxygen to reach Delhi on Monday night: Railways
The first Oxygen Express train to Delhi carrying around 70 tons of the life-saving gas will depart from the Jindal Steel Works plant in Raigarh, Chhattisgarh, on Sunday evening, a senior official said.
The train, with four tanker trucks, will arrive in Delhi on Monday evening, said the Chairman of the Board of Railways, Suneet Sharma.
The railways have planned plans to transport medical oxygen from Angul, Kalingnagar, Rourkela and Raigarh to Delhi and the NCR region, Sharma said, adding that the Delhi government has been recommended to prepare tanker trucks to obtain the oxygen.
Hundreds of oxygen concentrators and ventilators on their way to India, says UK government
The UK government said on Sunday it will send vital medical teams to India to support the country’s fight against Covid-19. The assistance package, funded by the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, includes ventilators and oxygen concentrators from surplus stocks.
The assistance package, funded by the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, includes ventilators and oxygen concentrators from surplus stocks.
“Vital medical equipment, including hundreds of oxygen concentrators and ventilators, are now on their way from the UK to India to support efforts to prevent the tragic loss of life from this terrible virus.
“We will continue to work closely with the Indian government during this difficult time and I am determined to ensure that the UK does everything possible to support the international community in the global fight against the pandemic.”
ITBP Covid center with 500 oxygen bed to start in Delhi on Monday
A Covid care center with 500 oxygen bed operated by the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) in South Delhi will open on Monday as coronavirus cases surge in the national capital, authorities said on Sunday. .

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Treatment at this center will be free, they said.
“The Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel COVID Care Center (SPCCC) will begin operating from 10 am on April 26. No walk-in admissions will be held,” said ITBP spokesman Vivek Kumar Pandey.
Air India will bring 600 US oxygen concentrators in the next 2 days for private entities
Air India will bring about 600 oxygen concentrators on its two flights between the United States and India in the next two days, sources from the aviation industry said on Sunday.
These oxygen concentrators have been commissioned by private entities, the sources mentioned. Sources said Air India plans to bring in around 10,000 oxygen concentrators for private entities in the coming weeks.
When asked about this matter, the Air India spokesperson said that the airline is prepared to take responsibility for transporting oxygen concentrators or any shipment to India.
The government calls on major ports to waive all charges for ships carrying oxygen and related equipment
The government said Sunday that it ordered all major ports to drop all charges for ships carrying oxygen and related equipment amid a massive increase in coronavirus infections across the country.
In a statement, the Ministry of Ports, Navigation and Inland Waterways said it has directed all major ports to give the highest priority in the docking sequence to vessels carrying shipments of medical grade oxygen, oxygen tanks, cylinders. oxygen, portable oxygen generators and oxygen concentrators. .
“In view of the excessive need for oxygen and related equipment in the country, the Government of India has directed all major ports, including Kamarajar Port Limited, to eliminate all fees charged by major port trusts (including related charges with ships, storage charges, etc.), “the statement read.
(With contributions from the agency)



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