Train carrying 70 tonnes of oxygen reaches Delhi
The first Oxygen Express train carrying around 70 tonnes of life-saving gas arrived at the national capital on Tuesday morning.
“Oxygen Express has reached Delhi from Raigarh, Chhattisgarh with oxygen for patients in the capital. Indian Railways is leaving no stone unturned in our collective fight against COVID-19 and ensuring sufficient availability of life-saving resources across the country,” Railway Minister Piyush Goyal tweeted.
The Delhi Government will distribute the oxygen to various hospitals across the capital.
In the last few days, hospitals in Delhi faced a severe shortage of oxygen supply, which hindered India’s fight against COVID-19.
Given the enormous demand for oxygen in the country following a raging surge in COVID-19, the railways ran Oxygen Express trains to transport liquid medical oxygen and oxygen cylinders to different parts of the country.
Meanwhile, Delhi recorded the highest single-day spike in COVID-19 deaths, with 380 fatalities on Monday.
According to the state health department, the positivity rate stood at over 35 per cent.
(Edited by Ridhika Joshi)
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