India faces Medical oxygen scarcity as cases of Coronavirus surge
World Health Organization says about fifteen percent of Covid-19 patients require help with breathing in india.
Some people appear in no evident respiratory distress, but are found to have dangerously low oxygen levels a condition called silent hypoxia.
A fraction of the critically ill patients requires a ventilator.
Around five hundred factories spread across India extract and purify oxygen from the air.
Oxygen for medical use typically accounts for 15 percent of overall supplies.
The rest industrial oxygen is mainly supplied to steel and automobile industries for running blast furnaces.
As India opens up its economy and people return to work, Covid-19 cases have been surging through small towns and cities.
With more than 4.8 million reported confirmed infections, India’s caseload is the second highest in the world, after the US.