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Flipkart, 1MG report surge in demand for oximeters and testing kits as COVID-19 cases rise

Jan 11, 2022 08:17 AM IST

The sale of oximeters and test kits saw a surge of over 4.4x and 12x in metros.

A healthcare worker gives a dose of the Covishield vaccine against the coronavirus disease, to a farmer in his field, during a door-to-door vaccination drive in Banaskantha district in the western state of Gujarat. (Representative image: Reuters)

E-commerce firms such as Flipkart and 1MG have seen a significant increase in the demand for COVID-19 essentials such as oximeters and test kits following a sudden surge in the number of infections in the country.

"The sale of oximeters and test kits saw a surge of over 4.4x and 12x in metros," said a Flipkart spokesperson without disclosing the number of items sold.

1MG, which recently got acquired by Tata Digital, also said that the sale of testing kits grew five-fold in the first week of January as compared to the last week of December. The sale of oximeters grew four-fold while that of thermometers and respiratory masks doubled during the period under review.

The company also saw a notable increase in immunity boosters and vitamin supplements. "They’re growing at a rate of 50 percent week on week. Our overall sales have seen a growth of around 40-50 percent in the last couple of weeks," said Prateek Verma, Head ePharmacy Tata 1mg.