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Coronavirus Outbreak: First Oxygen Express races towards Maharashtra

The train carrying oxygen tankers left the Rashtriya Ispat Nigam (RINL) facility at the Andhra Pradesh town Thursday evening.

Coronavirus Outbreak: First Oxygen Express races towards Maharashtra
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According to reports, Railway Minister Piyush Goyal recently took to Twitter to inform that the Oxygen Express has left for Maharashtra.

"The first 'Oxygen Express' train loaded with liquid medical oxygen tankers has left for Maharashtra from Vizag. Railways continue to serve the nation in difficult times by transporting essential commodities and driving innovation to ensure the well-being of all citizens," Mr Goyal tweeted.



The train carrying oxygen tankers left the Rashtriya Ispat Nigam (RINL) facility at the Andhra Pradesh town Thursday evening. Each tanker has the capacity to fill 15 to 20 tons of liquid oxygen. Therefore, Maharashtra will receive about 100 tons of liquid oxygen.

In the past couple of weeks, the spike in cases of coronavirus has led to what is now being called a deadlier second wave of the coronavirus pandemic. Moreover, many instances of desperate people trying to find oxygen or a hospital bed for friends and relatives are doing the rounds on social media. In addition, with every passing day, more people are complaining of breathlessness, requiring oxygen support. However, the supply of oxygen has become severely limited due to the sudden jump in demand across cities and towns.

Meanwhile, earlier on Sunday, April 18, several private hospitals and nursing homes in Mumbai experienced severe oxygen shortages. In some hospitals, patients suffering from other diseases were moved elsewhere. The supply of oxygen to the municipal hospitals was reduced by two major manufacturers, Linde and Inox. Moreover, the oxygen production centre of one of these manufacturers was shut down due to technical difficulties.

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