India to increase oxygen supplies amid shortage -govt

Government was also evaluating applications from suppliers overseas for oxygen imports

  
A worker stands as a tanker is filled with liquid oxygen to be transported to a COVID-19 hospital, amidst the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Ahmedabad, India, April 20, 2021.

A worker stands as a tanker is filled with liquid oxygen to be transported to a COVID-19 hospital, amidst the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Ahmedabad, India, April 20, 2021.

Reuters/Amit Dave

NEW DELHI - The Indian government plans to increase supplies of medical oxygen in coming days, Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan said on Wednesday, as a nationwide surge in coronavirus cases soaks up supplies.

The government was also evaluating applications from suppliers overseas for oxygen imports, Bhushan told a news conference, adding that state leaders in the country should plan its use.

(Reporting by Neha Arora in NEW DELHI and Shivani Singh in BENGALURU; Editing by Andrew Heavens) ((neha.dasgupta@tr.com;))

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