Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri said today that Air India will fly 10,636 oxygen concentrators from several countries over the next week.
Hardeep Singh Puri took to Twitter, “” Air India is airlifting 10,636 oxygen concentrators manufactured by Philips. 636 (concentrators) have already come from the United States. Shipments arrive every day. Will be finished in this week “.
Air India has already brought 328 oxygen concentrators to India on its New York-Delhi flight on Monday. Several hospitals across the country continue to face severe shortages of medical oxygen on Monday even after receiving emergency supplies.
On Saturday, 20 people died at Jaipur Golden Hospital in Delhi due to an oxygen shortage.
A batch of containers for the transport of medical oxygen have arrived in India from Thailand, while other empty tankers will be airlifted from Singapore and Dubai on Tuesday, the Union Interior Ministry said.
The containers from Thailand were the third such shipment to be moved to the country by the Indian Air Force (IAF) transport plane by the Home Office amid a surge the number of COVID-19 cases and a subsequent increase in demand for medical oxygen.
“Some glimpses of the airlift of oxygen containers from Bangkok by the IAF last night. The airlift is being coordinated by MHA. It will improve oxygen availability amid the current COVID-19 surge,” said a spokesperson for the Home Office in a tweet, sharing photos of the oxygen. containers being loaded onto an IAF plane.
In another tweet, the Home Office said: “The IAF C17 transport planes are now preparing to airlift more empty oxygen containers from Singapore. These containers will further increase the availability of oxygen in the country given the current COVID-19 surge. coordinated by MHA. The spokesperson later said that empty container airlift operations were continuing and another IAF transport plane arrived in Dubai on Tuesday to bring in another batch of oxygen containers.
“The MHA is coordinating the airlift, which will increase the availability of oxygen in the country during the current COVID-19 outbreak,” the spokesperson said.
The first shipment of empty oxygen containers was airlifted from Singapore on Saturday. Another batch of containers was brought in from Dubai on Monday.
India is grappling with the second wave of the coronavirus pandemic, and hospitals in several states are suffering from shortages of medical oxygen and beds as the number of cases increases.
The number of COVID-19 cases in the country rose to 1,76,36,307 on Tuesday with 3,23,144 more people testing positive for the viral disease. The death toll climbed to 1,978,894 as 2,771 more deaths were recorded, according to the Union Health Ministry.