covid 19 cases in India – News: In another day of record surge, a total of 3,14,835 cases and 2,104 deaths were reported in a single day on Thursday. India has been witnessing a steady surge in infection cases for the past 43 days. Along with the surging infection cases in the country, the situation is made even worse with the shortage of oxygen supply to treat patients.
To tackle the problem of oxygen supply, the central government ordered to bar certain industries from using oxygen cylinders and ordered them all to re-route the oxygen cylinders supply to the nearest location where there is a shortage of oxygen supply.
Though the central government issued notice to re-route oxygen supply to nearby locations with shortages, many state governments have apparently been battling over the oxygen supply. Demands for oxygen supplies have outstripped supplies for oxygen in many states as of now.
The Supreme Court yesterday ordered centre to somehow procure oxygen for treatments. Dr. A.C Shukla, superintendent of Matan Chanan Devi hospital, New Delhi alleged that oxygen supply meant to supply from Inox Air Products Ltd has been disrupted in between at the Rajasthan border by state police or government.
Upon hearing the pleas of oxygen supplies disruptions, the Delhi High Court asked the central government to remove obstructions in transporting oxygen. According to a NDTV report, Delhi’s largest COVID-19treatment facility Lok Nayak Jai Prakash Hospital has been witnessing longer queues of people with pleas to admit and treat their loved ones immediately.
On the other hand, shortage of vaccines has proved to be another huge problem for states of India. In Kerala, the response to vaccination programs were slow but as cases eventually were surging, vaccination centres are witnessing longer queues outside them. As the vaccine shortages still continue, registrations have temporarily halted.
Despite the vaccine shortages continuing in states, the central government has desperately authorized vaccinations for citizens above age 18 to immunize a large portion of population. In Assam’s Silchar Airport, over 300 passengers have been reported to have evaded testing upon arrival.
In Tamil Nadu, Vedanta Sterlite Copper Ltd which was closed after a series of violent protests in 2019 will be opened again upon an approval from Supreme Court. The industry at Thoothukudi, Tamil Nadu does have a potential to mass produce oxygen cylinders, but is still opposed by TN government citing environmental reasons.
The Supreme Court criticized TN government that there is a national emergency, that they put spokes in the solution and will hear it tomorrow.