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As Covid-19 surges, hospitals in India are facing a shortage of oxygen

Most plants producing medical oxygen are concentrated in eastern and western India, leaving large areas of the densely populated north and center without quick access to the essential medical supply

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Several states including Maharashtra, home to the financial capital Mumbai, have issued advisories to hospitals to use their oxygen supplies with care.

Ragini Saxena | Bloomberg
Hospitals in several Indian states are struggling for medical oxygen as the country’s pandemic surges at the fastest rate in the world and manufacturers scramble to plug the gaps in the supply and transportation.

Most plants producing medical oxygen are concentrated in eastern and western India, leaving large areas of the densely populated north and center without quick access to the essential medical supply. The capital, New Delhi, and the states of Bihar and Madhya Pradesh, with a combined population of some 200 million -- nearly as many people as Brazil -- don’t have a single unit manufacturing oxygen.

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First Published: Sep 29 2020 | 12:57 PM IST

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