The federal government is prone to raise restrictions on using liquid oxygen for some precedence industries within the subsequent 2-Three days as demand for medical oxygen has come down, a high authorities official stated on Sunday. To make oxygen accessible to extra folks in the course of the peak of the second wave of COVID-19, the Centre on April 25 had barred using liquid oxygen for any non-medical function and requested manufacturing models to maximise its manufacturing and make it accessible to the federal government for medical use.
“Demand for medical oxygen has come down. Some precedence industries will get oxygen within the subsequent 2-Three days,” the official advised PTI. Exercising the powers conferred underneath the Catastrophe Administration Act, Union House Secretary Ajay Bhalla had directed the states to make sure that “use of liquid oxygen is just not allowed for any non-medical function and all manufacturing models could maximise their manufacturing of liquid oxygen, and make it accessible…for medical functions solely”.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday additionally stated that offering medical-grade oxygen to completely different states in the course of the second wave of COVID-19 was a problem. In regular instances, every day manufacturing of liquid medical oxygen was 900 million tonnes (MT), which has now risen over 10 instances to almost 9,500 MT, the prime minister stated. Liquid oxygen is utilized in metal making, chemical, prescribed drugs, petroleum processing and paper manufacturing industries.
As per the Union well being ministry’s replace on Sunday, India recorded a single-day rise of 1,65,553 in new COVID-19 instances, the bottom in 46 days, taking the nation’s an infection tally to 2,78,94,800. The every day positivity charge declined to eight.02 per cent, remaining beneath the 10 per cent-mark for 5 consecutive days, whereas the weekly positivity charge dropped to 9.36 per cent, it stated.