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The Indian government considers more measures to alleviate the shortage of medical oxygen

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On May 2nd, the Indian authorities opened a special train and sent several oxygen tank cars to the railway station in the southern city of Hyderabad. (AFP)

Indian Prime Minister Modi held a high-level meeting on Sunday (2nd) to discuss more measures to increase oxygen production and supply to alleviate the country’s current medical oxygen shortage.

Xinhua News Agency reported that the Office of the Prime Minister of India issued a statement saying that the new measures include the establishment of a temporary care center for patients with covid-19 near the oxygen plant, plans to set up 10,000 beds with oxygen supply facilities, and the establishment of about 1,500 oxygen plants across the country; Transform the existing nitrogen plant into an oxygen plant.

The statement said that pilot work to establish a temporary care center for patients with coronary disease near the oxygen plant has begun; the government has explored the feasibility of transforming an existing nitrogen plant into an oxygen plant and has identified 38 nitrogen plants to be transformed plant.

As the coronavirus epidemic continues to worsen, medical resources such as emergency beds, medical oxygen, and ventilators in many parts of India are in urgent need, and they have announced tightening of epidemic prevention and control measures. New Delhi, the capital of India, announced on May 1 that it would extend its ongoing “cities lockdown” measures to the 10th; Haryana announced on the 2nd that it would implement a one-week blockade starting on the 3rd; and Odisha State announced that it would start on the 5th. Implement a 14-day lockdown.

In order to deal with the medical oxygen shortage crisis, the Indian government has taken a series of measures, including the establishment of a new oxygen plant, the opening of a special train to transport oxygen, the use of military aircraft to transport oxygen equipment, and the import of medical oxygen.

Data released by the Ministry of Health of India on May 2 showed that compared with the previous day, there were 392,488 new confirmed cases and a total of 19,557,457 confirmed cases; 3,689 new deaths and a total of 21,5542 deaths. After more than 300,000 new confirmed cases in a single day in India for 9 consecutive days, it exceeded 400,000 for the first time on May 1, which is the highest number of new cases in a single day since the outbreak of the country.

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