Top five states in active cases get lower share of oxygen: Government data

THE TOP FIVE states on the Covid chart, which account for 54 per cent of the entire lively instances within the nation, get solely 42 per cent of Liquid Medical Oxygen (LMO) allotted by the Centre to 33 states and Union Territories, based on the most recent authorities information.

The info, which relies on an allocation order dated Might 8, additionally reveals that the mixed allocation by the Centre to the states and UTs has crossed the 10,000 metric tonnes per day (MT/day) mark. The variety of states and UTs in search of oxygen from the Centre has additionally gone up, just about masking the complete nation, it reveals.

The info, maintained by the Empowered Group-2 tasked with making certain oxygen provide, reveals that the mixed allocation for 33 states and UTs stood at 10,140 MT/day on Might 8. On April 24, this determine was 8,280 MT/day and the variety of states on the listing was solely 22.

In impact, the allocation has seen a 22 per cent enhance in simply two weeks. The info reveals that the highest 5 states with a mixed 20.12 lakh of the 37.15 lakh lively instances throughout the nation as on Might 11 —Maharashtra, Karnataka, Kerala, Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan—have been allotted solely 4,306 MT/day of the entire allocation of 10,140 MT/day.

Based on the Might Eight order, Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh are among the many prime 5 states by way of allocation, together with Maharashtra, Karnataka and Uttar Pradesh, with a complete of 5,326 MT/day. This grouping accounts for 44 per cent—16.36 lakh—of the nationwide lively case rely on Might 11.

Whereas the oxygen allocation is made on the premise of a method, the early detection of instances in a state can be a key issue whereas figuring out the general demand. The Centre’s allocation relies on norms decided by the Union Well being Ministry, and fluctuates based on demand from states.

The info reveals that the 11 new states and UTs on the listing since April 24 are Odisha, Jharkhand, Puducherry, Ladakh and the seven Northeastern states—Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland and Tripura.

Among the many prime 5 states, Karnataka’s allocation has jumped 27 per cent—from 802 MT/day on April 24 to 1,015 MT per day on Might 8. Nonetheless, the 4 different states haven’t seen any vital change in allocation.

Delhi, which has been in search of 700 MT/day, has been allotted 590 MT/day. Each Delhi and Karnataka, have approached the courtroom with appeals to extend their oxygen allocation.

In share phrases, Kerala (125 per cent), Tamil Nadu (90 per cent), Punjab (66 per cent), Haryana (65 per cent), West Bengal (56 per cent), Rajasthan (49 per cent) and Uttarakhand (49 per cent) have registered a pointy rise in allocation when in comparison with two weeks in the past.

Among the many new states, the seven Northeastern states have been given a mixed allocation of 67 MT/day whereas Jharkhand and Odisha have been allotted 120 MT/day and 200 MT/day, respectively.

The demand for medical oxygen has seen a pointy bounce in latest days amid the second wave.

Based on authorities information of Might 8, practically 50,000 Covid sufferers within the nation have been in intensive care models, whereas greater than 14,500 are on ventilator help. Greater than 1.37 lakh sufferers have been on oxygen help, reveals the information. That is a lot increased than the determine reported through the first wave in September, when about 23,000 sufferers have been in ICUs, lower than 4,000 of them on ventilators, and round 40,000 required oxygen help.

The sale of the LMO has elevated multifold since March. “Throughout the first wave of COVID-19, the utmost sale of three,095 MT/day of LMO was seen on September 29, 2020. The sale of LMO grew greater than five-fold from 1,559 MT/day on March 31, 2021, to over 8,000 MT mark by Might 3, 2021,” the federal government stated Monday.

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