Reuters news agency reported that hospitals in the Indian capital, New Delhi, will run out of medical oxygen from tomorrow. Large public hospitals in the city of 20 million people still have between 8 and 24 hours of oxygen. Small private hospitals only have 4 to 5 hours of oxygen in stock.
Health authorities in New Delhi have warned that “if we do not get adequate supplies tomorrow, we will face a disaster.” The federal government is required to help urgently. Prime Minister Modi says every effort is being made to provide all hospitals in the country with enough beds, oxygen and medicines to handle the huge wave of patients.
According to Modi, the country is facing a massive influx of the healthcare system. “The situation was under control until a few weeks ago. The second wave of injuries came like a storm,” he said in a televised address to the country. He called on residents to stay home.
The Indian Ministry of Health has reported that 1,761 people have died from the virus in the past 24 hours, bringing the number of deaths recorded in India to 180,530. The country is now reporting more than 200,000 new infections per day for six days. Scientists are concerned about India, where a mutation of the virus appears to be spreading very quickly. Vaccines may be less effective against this variant. Indian doctors also noted that very young patients need ventilation this time.