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Saudi Arabia to ship oxygen to India as country witnesses unprecedented spike in COVID

New Delhi: Amid the growing demand of oxygen in India following an unprecedented spike in coronavirus cases, Saudi Arabia is shipping 80 metric tonnes of liquid oxygen to the country

The supply shipment is being undertaken in cooperation with the Adani group and Linde company, news agency PTI reported.

“Embassy of India is proud to partner with Adani group and M/s Linde in shipping much-needed 80MT liquid oxygen to India. Our heartfelt thanks to the Ministry of Health Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for all their help, support, and cooperation, the Indian mission in Riyadh tweeted.

“Thank you @IndianEmbRiyadh Indeed, actions speak louder than words. We are on an urgent mission to secure oxygen supplies from across the world. This first shipment of 4 ISO cryogenic tanks with 80 tons of liquid oxygen is now on its way from Dammam to Mundra, Adani Group Chairman Gautam Adani said in a tweet.

India logged a record of 3,49,691 new coronavirus infections in a day on Sunday, taking its total tally of COVID-19 cases to 1,69,60,172. The death toll increased to 1,92,311 with a record 2,767 daily new fatalities, according to the Health Ministry of India data. The hospitals in several states are reeling under a shortage of medical oxygen and beds.

To combat the growing demand for oxygen in the country, India has reached out to various countries to procure containers and oxygen cylinders under operation ‘Oxygen Maitri’.

The report said that the Indian Air Force on Saturday brought four cryogenic tanks, to be used for transporting oxygen, from Singapore. The containers were airlifted from Singapore by C17 heavy-lift aircraft of the IAF.

The aircraft “with 4 cryogenic containers for storage of liquid O2 from Singapore landed at Panagarh airbase” in West Bengal on Saturday, a Home Ministry spokesperson tweeted.

The IAF was also transporting essential medicines as well as equipment required by the designated COVID hospitals in various parts of the country.

On Friday, the Indian Home Ministry said it was in talks for the import of high-capacity oxygen-carrying tankers from Singapore and the UAE.

Earlier, Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan also expressed solidarity with the people of India battling the deadly wave, saying “we must fight this global challenge confronting humanity together”.

 

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