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COVID-19 second wave: Companies divert oxygen to hospitals as demand surges

Reliance Industries, Tata Steel, Indian Oil Corporation and Bharat Petroleum are diverting oxygen supply to hospitals for the treatment of COVID-19 patients.

April 20, 2021 / 03:33 PM IST
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Several corporations have started diverting oxygen supply to hospitals to help tackle the second wave of COVID-19 infections in the country.

Reliance Industries (RIL) Managing Director Mukesh Ambani is diverting oxygen produced at the company's refineries to help Maharashtra battle the pandemic.

The conglomerate has started supplying oxygen from Jamnagar in Gujarat to Maharashtra at no cost, Bloomberg reported.

JSW Steel has been supplying more than 180-400 metric tonnes of liquid oxygen from its Dolvi plant in Maharashtra, The Economic Times reported.

ArcelorMittal Nippon Steel (AMNS) has been supplying liquid oxygen to hospitals in Gujarat, the report said.

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Tata Steel, too, is supplying up to 300 tonnes of medical oxygen from its plants to hospitals, the company's Managing Director TV Narendran said on April 19.

The resurgence of COVID-19 cases has caused a spike in demand for medical oxygen, since more patients require supplemental oxygen support.

The percentage of COVID-19 patients in the second wave requiring supplemental oxygen support has increased when compared to the first wave, while those requiring ventilator support has decreased, according to the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR)

Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) and Bharat Petroleum Corporation (BPCL), too, have begun diverting oxygen produced at their refineries to states worst hit by COVID-19, PTI reported.

In a statement, IOC said that it has "begun the supply of 150 tonnes of oxygen at no cost to various hospitals in Delhi, Haryana and Punjab."

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first published: Apr 20, 2021 03:33 pm

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