Delhi’s oxygen demand has reduced and it can give its surplus oxygen to other states that need it, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said today as the capital continued to report a dip in coronavirus cases.
“The oxygen demand has come down and hospital beds are getting free. At that time (15 days ago), we needed 700 metric tonnes of oxygen, according to the beds… Delhi’s oxygen demand has come down to 582 metric tonnes per day.”
“We have written a letter to the central government and have said our work will be done with 582 metric tonnes of oxygen per day and they can give surplus oxygen from Delhi’s quota to other states,” Mr Sisodia said.
He thanked the Centre and Delhi High Court for coming to the aid of the people of Delhi while they were in distress due to the surge in the number of COVID-19 cases in the deadly second wave of the pandemic.
Delhi logged 10,489 new COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours, 21 per cent lesser than yesterday’s figures. The positivity rate has gone down further to 14.24 per cent.
Last week, the Supreme Court directed the central government to supply 700 metric tonnes of medical oxygen to Delhi every day till further orders.
The order was passed as Delhi battled a severe oxygen crisis, with several top hospitals reporting shortage of supply, leading to the death of many patients.
A dire shortage of medical oxygen, hospital beds and essential medicines in recent weeks are some of the key challenges in the devastating second wave.
3.62 lakh fresh infections in India pushed the country’s total caseload to over 2.37 crore. 4,120 Covid patients died in the last 24 hours, taking the total fatalities to 2,58,317