The horrifying statistics come as the number of COVID-19 jabs administered globally surpassed the one-billion mark on Saturday, offering the world a glimmer of hope.
India reported the world's highest daily tally of coronavirus cases for the second day on Friday, surpassing 330,000 new cases, as it struggles with a health system overwhelmed by patients and plagued by accidents. The state government also sought a detailed affidavit from the centre with clear details of oxygen allocation and supply schedule.
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Jitender Singh Shunty, who runs a non-profit medical service in India's capitol, said that 78 bodies were cremated in a single day at one location on Tuesday He said a year ago, the maximum number of bodies he helped cremate in one day was 18.
While empty cryogenic tnks have been airlifted and are in the process of being filled with liquid oxygen from Durgapur, the High Court was informed that Delhi government has not made arrangements for cryogenic tanks for supplies from Rourkela and Kalinganagar.
The demand for oxygen from hospitals has almost tripled to 8,000 metric tons, the federal government told the Delhi High Court last week.
The local government says hospitals in New Delhi needed 700 tons of oxygen per day as of Friday but the central government had allocated only 480 tons.
"We have ramped up the production as oxygen consumption is rising through the roof".
The increasing desperation in India comes after the Australian Government announced a reduction in the number of flights to Australia from India. "Please tell us that", the court asked the Union government while hearing Maharaja Agrasen Hospital's petition.
"All of the country's oxygen plants should immediately be taken over by the government through the army", he said. At the Holy Family Hospital, intensive care units are full and there is no room for any more beds.
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Ajoy Sehgal, a hospital spokesperson, would not comment on whether the 25 patients died from a lack of oxygen. The supply was to reach us by 5 in the evening, but it reached around midnight.
Health experts said India became complacent in the winter, when new cases were running at about 10,000 a day and seemed to be under control, lifting restrictions that allowed for the resumption of big gatherings.
"The oxygen pressure has dipped as we are running out of stock", Dr D K Baluja, the medical director of Jaipur Golden Hospital, told PTI.