Coronavirus: India faces oxygen scarcity as cases surge – BBC News

Soutik Biswas
India correspondent

Related Topics

  • Coronavirus pandemic

Indian woman on oxygen

image copyrightGetty Images

Ankit Sethia spent a sleepless Friday night trying to procure oxygen for his 50-bed hospital on the outskirts of India’s commercial capital, Mumbai.

Only two of the four tanks of liquid oxygen at Mr Sethia’s SS Hospital and Research Centre in Bhiwandi were full. Forty-four of the hospital’s 50 beds were occupied by Covid-19 patients, many of whom needed piped oxygen from the tanks to breathe.

Each small tank was getting exhausted in six hours instead of the usual nine hours, because of the surge of patients. Both Mr Sethia’s dealers had run out of supplies.

Through the night, he called 10 dealers and four hospitals