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22 more tankers are on the run with more than 400 tonnes of oxygen to various destinations(PTI)

Oxygen Express ferries over 2,500 MT of load across India to battle Covid crisis

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Avik Roy, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON MAY 06, 2021 10:10 PM IST
So far, Indian Railways has run 40 Oxygen Express with 161 tankers to deliver a record load of 2,511 metric tonnes of liquid medical oxygen across the length and breadth of the country that battles a deadly second wave of coronavirus that has crippled the healthcare system to a great extent.
The global community has been routinely sending Covid-19 aid to help India combat a catastrophic coronavirus surge that has led to desperate pleas for oxygen and left people to die outside overwhelmed hospitals. (AP / Lewis Joly)
The global community has been routinely sending Covid-19 aid to help India combat a catastrophic coronavirus surge that has led to desperate pleas for oxygen and left people to die outside overwhelmed hospitals. (AP / Lewis Joly)

Was Covid-19 aid effectively allocated? Centre says yes, provides detailed list

PUBLISHED ON MAY 06, 2021 01:55 PM IST
The central government also said that the matter regarding the effective allocation of Covid-19 supplies received from the global community also came up recently during a hearing at the Delhi high court and it was clarified that no such consignment is pending with the Customs authorities.
Beds are seen inside a Gurudwara (Sikh Temple) converted into a coronavirus disease (Covid-19) care facility amidst the spread of the deadly virus in New Delhi, India, on May 5, 2021. (Adnan Abidi / REUTERS)
Beds are seen inside a Gurudwara (Sikh Temple) converted into a coronavirus disease (Covid-19) care facility amidst the spread of the deadly virus in New Delhi, India, on May 5, 2021. (Adnan Abidi / REUTERS)

LIVE: Rajasthan govt imposes lockdown in state from May 10-24

UPDATED ON MAY 06, 2021 11:56 PM IST
India registered 382,315 new Covid-19 cases in the preceding 24 hours. With hospitals continuing to make a desperate plea for beds and oxygen, a weekly WHO report showed that the country now accounts for nearly half the coronavirus cases reported worldwide and a quarter of the deaths.
All supplies of medical oxygen are channelised by the Centre. (PTI Photo/Kamal Kishore)(PTI)
All supplies of medical oxygen are channelised by the Centre. (PTI Photo/Kamal Kishore)(PTI)

States scamper to meet rising oxygen demand as cases surge

By HT Correspondent, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAY 06, 2021 02:17 AM IST
  • On Wednesday, Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan and West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi asking for additional supply of oxygen as number of Covid cases in the two states, where elections concluded on May 2, is on the rise.
India's 'Oxygen Express', carrying oxygen tankers on rail, are just one of many initiatives that the country has taken to tackle the prevailing oxygen crisis amid the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) pandemic. (File Photo / Representational Image)
India's 'Oxygen Express', carrying oxygen tankers on rail, are just one of many initiatives that the country has taken to tackle the prevailing oxygen crisis amid the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) pandemic. (File Photo / Representational Image)

Augmenting oxygen supply from all sources: Centre tells Gujarat high court

PTI |
PUBLISHED ON MAY 05, 2021 02:30 PM IST
In a report on the supply of medical oxygen submitted before the high court on Monday, the Centre said a total allocation of 8,410 metric tonnes of medical oxygen has been made for 22 high burden states and union territories based on their demand, the Centre told the high court on Tuesday.
The Allahabad high court took note of the grim coronavirus disease (Covid-19) situation in the country and highlighted stories viral on social media of hapless citizens begging for an oxygen cylinder to save the life of their near and dear ones. (File Photo / Representational Image)
The Allahabad high court took note of the grim coronavirus disease (Covid-19) situation in the country and highlighted stories viral on social media of hapless citizens begging for an oxygen cylinder to save the life of their near and dear ones. (File Photo / Representational Image)

'No less than genocide': Allahabad HC on deaths due to non-supply of oxygen

PUBLISHED ON MAY 05, 2021 08:32 AM IST
The Allahabad high court observed the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) situation in India and said that the deaths of patients due to non-supply of oxygen amounts to a 'criminal act', nothing short of a 'genocide'.
Covid-19: The total number of oxygen tankers available for transport in Rajasthan has now increased to 38, state government officials said.
Covid-19: The total number of oxygen tankers available for transport in Rajasthan has now increased to 38, state government officials said.

Covid-19: Rajasthan adds 16 more tankers for oxygen transport; total 38

PTI |
PUBLISHED ON MAY 05, 2021 07:12 AM IST
Coronavirus disease (Covid-19) update: Rajasthan chief secretary Niranjan Arya said the number of tankers for transporting oxygen has increased from 22 to 38. The supply of oxygen concentrators has also started now.
A Covid-19 patient receives oxygen outside Gurudwara Damdama Sahib on Tuesday (Photo by Raj K Raj/ Hindustan Times)(Raj K Raj/HT PHOTO)
A Covid-19 patient receives oxygen outside Gurudwara Damdama Sahib on Tuesday (Photo by Raj K Raj/ Hindustan Times)(Raj K Raj/HT PHOTO)

Delhi govt's plan to import oxygen from abroad hits hurdle

By Sweta Goswami, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAY 05, 2021 12:10 AM IST
  • This comes at a time when the Centre has failed to ensure the supply of 700 metric tonne (MT) quota of medical oxygen to the national capital,
People wait to refill their medical oxygen cylinders for the Covid-19 coronavirus patients under home quarantine at a private refill center in New Delhi on May 4, 2021, as India's total Covid caseload soared past 20 million. (Photo by Prakash SINGH / AFP)
People wait to refill their medical oxygen cylinders for the Covid-19 coronavirus patients under home quarantine at a private refill center in New Delhi on May 4, 2021, as India's total Covid caseload soared past 20 million. (Photo by Prakash SINGH / AFP)

'You may be blind, but we are not': HC slams Centre over scant oxygen in Delhi

Reported by Richa Banka | Edited by Joydeep Bose
PUBLISHED ON MAY 04, 2021 02:58 PM IST
The Delhi high court said that the Centre must ensure that the proper supply of oxygen reaches Delhi, according to the instructions issued by the Supreme Court earlier. "You may be blind, but we are not. We cannot shut our eyes. This is so insensitive and unfortunate," the high court bench said.
All private doctors in Noida have been directed to not ask relative or attendant of any patient to procure oxygen cylinders. (Representational Image)
All private doctors in Noida have been directed to not ask relative or attendant of any patient to procure oxygen cylinders. (Representational Image)

Private hospitals can't ask attendants to arrange oxygen for patients: Noida CMO

PTI |
PUBLISHED ON MAY 04, 2021 09:57 AM IST
Covid-19 latest update: Multiple hospitals in Noida and Greater Noida have claimed a shortage of medical oxygen, with several people facing acute difficulties in procuring oxygen cylinders for their patients in hospitals and home isolation.
Fourth consignment of medical supplies containing 60 ventilators arrives from the United Kingdom, at Indira Gandhi international airport in New Delhi on Monday.(PTI)
Fourth consignment of medical supplies containing 60 ventilators arrives from the United Kingdom, at Indira Gandhi international airport in New Delhi on Monday.(PTI)

India received 17 consignments of medical aid from nations to battle Covid surge

By Shishir Gupta, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAY 04, 2021 11:32 AM IST
Between April 24 and May 2, India has received 17 consignments – comprising essential medical equipment such as oxygen concentrators, cylinders of medical oxygen, ventilators and BiPAP machines, bedside monitors, anti-viral drugs, rapid kits to detect Covid-19 virus, pulse oximeters, N95 masks and personal protective equipment among others — from at least 14 countries.
The requirement of oxygen for each state is ascertained on the basis of the doubling rate of active cases. (PTI Photo/Kamal Kishore)(PTI)
The requirement of oxygen for each state is ascertained on the basis of the doubling rate of active cases. (PTI Photo/Kamal Kishore)(PTI)

‘Logistics, not deficit’: What govt told courts on O2 crisis

By Utkarsh Anand, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAY 04, 2021 05:06 AM IST
  • According to the Centre, from April 29, the projected demand for all states was 8707 MT per day.
"A Ro-Ro (roll on roll off) service carrying four tankers loaded with liquid medical oxygen left from Hapa in Gujarat at 6:37am on May 3 and will reach Gurugram in Haryana in the morning of May 4," the Western Railway said.(PTI | Representational image)
"A Ro-Ro (roll on roll off) service carrying four tankers loaded with liquid medical oxygen left from Hapa in Gujarat at 6:37am on May 3 and will reach Gurugram in Haryana in the morning of May 4," the Western Railway said.(PTI | Representational image)

Oxygen Express train with 85MT of medical oxygen to arrive in Gurugram on May 4

PTI | , Ahmedabad
PUBLISHED ON MAY 03, 2021 11:20 PM IST
The liquid medical oxygen is to be supplied to hospitals in Delhi and adjoining areas, all battling a severe surge in coronavirus cases and a resultant spike in demand for the vital gas.
Delhi Lt. Governor Anil Baijal (HT archive)
Delhi Lt. Governor Anil Baijal (HT archive)

Delhi L-G seeks action plan on shortage of beds, oxygen amid Covid-19 surge

ANI |
PUBLISHED ON MAY 03, 2021 08:26 AM IST
The lieutenant governor of Delhi, Anil Baijal, has also asked the departments and agencies of the Delhi government to submit a quantifiable action plan that could be monitored while addressing the problems due to shortages.
Oxygen tankers being carried by Oxygen Express. (Photo: Railways)
Oxygen tankers being carried by Oxygen Express. (Photo: Railways)

Getting demand for Oxygen Express from every area of the country: Railways

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Poulomi Ghosh
PUBLISHED ON MAY 01, 2021 07:39 PM IST
Indian Railways says it will ensure oxygen reaches every corner of the country as fast as possible. Be it through Oxygen Express or Covid coaches, the railways is committed to extending its services, chairman Suneet Sharma said.
Using an oxygen concentrator correctly is no easy task, and proper guidance is necessary for treating Covid-19 patients at home. (File Photo)
Using an oxygen concentrator correctly is no easy task, and proper guidance is necessary for treating Covid-19 patients at home. (File Photo)

All you need to know about oxygen concentrators

PUBLISHED ON MAY 01, 2021 05:15 PM IST
Can any Covid-19 patient, whose oxygen levels show an alarming drop below the clinically acceptable mark, use an oxygen concentrator to help themselves? Here's a primer.
Dr RK Himthani was among those who died at the hospital
Dr RK Himthani was among those who died at the hospital

Senior doctor among 12 dead after Delhi's Batra hospital runs out of oxygen

By Anonna Dutt, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAY 02, 2021 03:37 AM IST
According to the hospital, it had raised an alarm with all the government-appointed officials at 7 am after not receiving its allocated liquid medical oxygen. Despite this, the hospital did not receive its oxygen supply and completely ran out of liquid oxygen at 12:15 pm on Saturday.
Covid-19: Reliance is scaling up production and transportation of medical-grade liquid oxygen at Gujarat's Jamnagar. (Photo via ANI)
Covid-19: Reliance is scaling up production and transportation of medical-grade liquid oxygen at Gujarat's Jamnagar. (Photo via ANI)

Reliance largest producer of liquid oxygen from single location, says company

PUBLISHED ON MAY 01, 2021 01:21 PM IST
Reliance said that it has ramped up the production of medical-grade liquid oxygen from near zero to 1,000 MT per day, all free of charge, to meet the needs of over one lakh people daily, on average, amid the Covid-19 crisis.
Due to the shortage, any oxygen supplies that could have been diverted toward hospitals have been. (PTI Photo/Kamal Kishore)(PTI)
Due to the shortage, any oxygen supplies that could have been diverted toward hospitals have been. (PTI Photo/Kamal Kishore)(PTI)

India’s need for oxygen is hitting ship-demolition industry

Bloomberg |
PUBLISHED ON APR 28, 2021 08:35 PM IST
  • Workers on beaches in India and other countries on the subcontinent use oxygen-fueled blow torches to cut up giant freighters once they’ve reached the end of their useful lives.
Aligarh Muslim University's hospital has 273 patients, of which 63 are Covid-19 positive, 140 have shown symptoms of the infection and are being tested, and 70 are non-Covid patients in serious condition. (File Photo / PTI)
Aligarh Muslim University's hospital has 273 patients, of which 63 are Covid-19 positive, 140 have shown symptoms of the infection and are being tested, and 70 are non-Covid patients in serious condition. (File Photo / PTI)

273 patients counting on 'few hours' of oxygen: AMU's hospital sends out alert

PTI |
PUBLISHED ON APR 28, 2021 04:42 PM IST
The Jawaharlal Nehru medical college and hospital, a frontline central government medical facility in Uttar Pradesh, is a part of the Aligarh Muslim University (AMU), and has 273 oxygen-dependent patients, including those suffering from Covid-19.
Covid-19: The Haryana government has also demanded 40 MT of oxygen per day from the Jamshedpur plant in Jharkhand. (File Photo)
Covid-19: The Haryana government has also demanded 40 MT of oxygen per day from the Jamshedpur plant in Jharkhand. (File Photo)

Haryana's oxygen quota increased from 162 MT to 323

ANI |
PUBLISHED ON APR 28, 2021 03:14 PM IST
Haryana has directed all factory owners in the state to deposit oxygen cylinders in their possession to the state government in view of a shortage in coronavirus disease (Covid-19) hospitals.
Last September, Dr Rajendra Bharud had anticipated that there the cases could go up any moment, and that an oxygen plant could come handy if more people fall sick because of the disease.(Twitter/@IASRajBharud)
Last September, Dr Rajendra Bharud had anticipated that there the cases could go up any moment, and that an oxygen plant could come handy if more people fall sick because of the disease.(Twitter/@IASRajBharud)

How an IAS officer made a Maharashtra tribal district oxygen-sufficient

By Avik Roy, New Delhi
UPDATED ON APR 28, 2021 02:53 PM IST
A doctor-turned-bureaucrat, Dr Rajendra Bharud, the collector of Maharashtra’s Nandurbar has managed to keep the district running with adequate supply of medical oxygen, hospital beds, isolation wards for Covid-19 patients and a well-planned vaccination drive at a time when the entire country struggled to meet the logistical challenges that a gasping healthcare system posed.
Second minister Maliki Osman flagged off two of the Singapore Air Force's C-130s, arriving in India today with 256 oxygen cylinders: Singapore's diplomatic missions in New Delhi, Mumbai, and Chennai. (Photo via ANI)
Second minister Maliki Osman flagged off two of the Singapore Air Force's C-130s, arriving in India today with 256 oxygen cylinders: Singapore's diplomatic missions in New Delhi, Mumbai, and Chennai. (Photo via ANI)

News updates from HT: Singapore sends planeloads of medical oxygen to India

PUBLISHED ON APR 28, 2021 12:54 PM IST
Here are today’s top news, analysis, and opinion. Know all about the latest news and other news updates from Hindustan Times.
Second minister Maliki Osman flagged off two of the Singapore Air Force's C-130s, arriving in India today with 256 oxygen cylinders: Singapore's diplomatic missions in New Delhi, Mumbai, and Chennai. (Photo via ANI)
Second minister Maliki Osman flagged off two of the Singapore Air Force's C-130s, arriving in India today with 256 oxygen cylinders: Singapore's diplomatic missions in New Delhi, Mumbai, and Chennai. (Photo via ANI)

Singapore sends two planeloads of medical oxygen to India amid Covid-19 surge

PUBLISHED ON APR 28, 2021 12:02 PM IST
The critical supplies of medical oxygen of Singapore come amid the deadly, more infectious second wave of the coronavirus disease (Covid-19), with which India is currently struggling.
The Haryana government said that all efforts are being made to increase the production of medical oxygen. (File Photo)
The Haryana government said that all efforts are being made to increase the production of medical oxygen. (File Photo)

Haryana sets up Covid-19 control room to ensure steady supply of oxygen

PTI |
PUBLISHED ON APR 27, 2021 03:52 PM IST
Amid a rapid rise in Covid-19 cases and while realising the need to meet the current surge in demand for medical oxygen across the state, the Haryana government has set up the control room at the Civil Secretariat in Chandigarh
Rajasthan chief minister Ashok Gehlot. (ANI)
Rajasthan chief minister Ashok Gehlot. (ANI)

Rajasthan ministers to head to Delhi, highlight oxygen shortage

PTI |
PUBLISHED ON APR 27, 2021 12:00 PM IST
During a Covid-19 review meeting in Jaipur, it was informed that the crisis of oxygen availability has started in government and private hospitals of Rajasthan.
In a statement released by the French government, it said France and India have always stood together in solidarity at difficult times.(Reuters file photo)
In a statement released by the French government, it said France and India have always stood together in solidarity at difficult times.(Reuters file photo)

France joins global call to help India, to send medical equipment

By Shishir Gupta, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON APR 27, 2021 07:35 AM IST
The call for support by French President Emmanuel Jean-Michel Frédéric Macron comes at a time when India is facing an acute crisis of medical oxygen as state governments and hospitals scramble for oxygen for thousands of critical patients across the country.
A patient wearing an oxygen mask is seen inside an ambulance waiting to enter a Covid-19 hospital.(Reuters)
A patient wearing an oxygen mask is seen inside an ambulance waiting to enter a Covid-19 hospital.(Reuters)

News updates from HT: Jammu man breathing life in poor Covid patients with free

By hindustantimes.com, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON APR 26, 2021 09:06 PM IST
Here are today’s top news, analysis and opinion. Know all about the latest news and other news updates from Hindustan Times.
Tamil Nadu allows Sterlite Plant in Thoothukudi to reopen for 4 months.(File Photo)
Tamil Nadu allows Sterlite Plant in Thoothukudi to reopen for 4 months.(File Photo)

Tamil Nadu allows Sterlite Plant in Thoothukudi to reopen for 4 months

By hindustantimes.com | Written by Srivatsan K C, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON APR 26, 2021 02:20 PM IST
The production of oxygen in the plant would be monitored by a panel and supply to Tamil Nadu would be prioritised.
The Kejriwal government said that seven of the eight plants in the national capital were to be set up at Delhi government hospitals, and one at Central government hospital - Safdarjung.
The Kejriwal government said that seven of the eight plants in the national capital were to be set up at Delhi government hospitals, and one at Central government hospital - Safdarjung.

Centre trying to hide 'failure' in setting up PSA O2 plants in Delhi: AAP

ANI | , New Delhi
UPDATED ON APR 26, 2021 08:38 AM IST
The Delhi government said it is well known that the Central government decided to set up 162 PSA plants all over India and issued tenders for the same in October 2020.
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