INDIA FACING EXTREME SHORTAGE IN OXYGEN
An extreme shortage in oxygen in India has led the Health Ministry to urge hospitals to implement rationing.
Tanks of oxygen are being shuttled across the country to hotspots to keep up with the demand – but local officials have alleged that many have been intercepted by other states en route to be used to meet local needs.
Experts say the second wave surge is the result of India letting its guard down when cases fell in January and large gatherings, including religious events and political rallies, were permitted allowing the virus to spread like wild fire.
Doctors are now admitting that the healthcare system “has collapsed”, with Dr Jalil Parkar, of Lilavati hospital in Mumbai saying: “The whole healthcare system has collapsed and doctors are exhausted.
“There is a shortage of beds, shortage of oxygen, shortage of drugs, shortage of vaccines, shorting of testing.”