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COVID-19 surge: Experts discuss shortage of oxygen in India

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COVID-19 surge: Experts discuss shortage of oxygen in India

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To discuss the oxygen shortage in the country, CNBC-TV18's Shereen Bhan spoke to Harteerath Singh, Community Development Director of Hemkunt Foundation; Vineet Agarwal of ASSOCHAM; Anil Vinayak of Fortis Healthcare; Dr Deepa Shriyan, Dahisar Jumbo Covid Centre; Dr DS Rana, Chairman at Sir Gangaram Hospital; and Viren Shetty of Narayana Health.

Corporate India has stepped in to provide a helping hand to states reeling from oxygen shortage. Reliance Industries increased their oxygen supply for COVID-hit states to over 700 tonne per day. The supplies are being made to states like Gujarat, Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh and will provide relief to over 70,000 critically ill patients.
Tata Group has announced that it would import 24 cryogenic containers to transport liquid oxygen to help ease the shortage.
Vedanta has offered to supply 1,000 tonne of oxygen per day from its shuttered copper plant in Tuticorin. In separate letter to the health ministry and the Tamil Nadu government, Vedanta said that if allowed, the staff is prepared to operate in the shortest possible time and dispatch oxygen to critical areas. The Sterlite copper plant has been shut since March 2018 over allegations of releasing pollutants in its vicinity which led to violent protests.
To discuss the oxygen shortage in the country, CNBC-TV18's Shereen Bhan spoke to Harteerath Singh, Community Development Director of Hemkunt Foundation; Vineet Agarwal of ASSOCHAM; Anil Vinayak of Fortis Healthcare; Dr Deepa Shriyan, Dahisar Jumbo Covid Centre; Dr DS Rana, Chairman at Sir Gangaram Hospital; and Viren Shetty of Narayana Health.
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