With the COVID-19 pandemic aggravating with each passing day, the demand for medical oxygen has gone up manifold. The government is struggling to ensure the required flow of oxygen to states and the Indian Air Force (IAF) has been pushed to service to augment the supply of medical oxygen.
In a positive development, the IAF airlifted nine cryogenic oxygen containers from Dubai and Singapore and has brought them to the Panagarh airbase in West Bengal on Tuesday, according to an official statement issued on Wednesday.
In addition, the IAF’s C-17 aircraft on Tuesday also airlifted two cryogenic oxygen containers from Indore to Jamnagar, two from Jodhpur and Udaipur to Jamnagar, and two from Hindon to Ranchi, it said.
“IAF’s C-17s have airlifted six cryogenic oxygen containers from Dubai to Panagarh Air Base. Another C-17s brought three oxygen containers from Singapore to Panagarh Air Base,” the statement said.
The IAF also airlifted eight cryogenic oxygen containers from Hyderabad to Bhubaneswar, two from Bhopal to Ranchi, and two from Chandigarh to Ranchi, it said.
India is struggling with the second wave of coronavirus infection and hospitals in several states are reeling under a shortage of medical oxygen and beds in view of a rising number of Covid-19 cases.
Since last Friday, the IAF has been airlifting empty oxygen tankers and containers to various filling stations across the country to speed up the distribution of the much-needed medical oxygen in treating COVID-19 patients.
The IAF has also transported essential medicines as well as equipment required by designated COVID hospitals in various parts of the country.
COVID-19 status in India
Meanwhile, the health ministry on Wednesday informed that over 3.60 lakh fresh cases of COVID-19 have been reported in India in the past 24 hours. The addition of the fresh cases has taken the COVID-19 case tally past 1.79 crore. It is the highest single-day surge in cases across the world since the pandemic began last year.
The ministry also informed that over 14.78 crore COVID-19 jabs have been administered so far. Of it, over 25.56 lakh people were vaccinated on Tuesday
Also, 3,293 COVID-19 related deaths were reported by the ministry during this period. The addition of the fresh fatalities has taken India’s death toll due to the deadly virus to 2,01,187. It is the highest number of deaths reported in a day since the pandemic began last year.
Of the over 1.79 crore coronavirus cases reported so far, over 29.78 lakh are active cases of the virus. It is 16.55 per cent of the total caseload. Interestingly, over 1.48 crore cases have recovered from the viral infection so far.
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