Tata group importing 24 cryogenic containers to help ease oxygen shortage in country amid rising COVID-19 cases

New Delhi: As India battles against the second wave of COVID-19, the Tata Group on Tuesday (April 19, 2021) said that it is importing 24 cryogenic containers to transport liquid oxygen and help ease the oxygen shortage in the country. 

The announcement came after PM Narendra Modi’s address to the nation on the coronavirus situation.

The Tata Group took to their official Twitter account and said, “PM Narendra Modi’s appeal to the people of India is laudatory and we at the Tata Group, are committed to doing as much as possible to strengthen the fight against COVID-19. To mitigate the oxygen crisis, here is one such effort to boost health Infrastructure. The Tata group is importing 24 cryogenic containers to transport liquid oxygen and help ease the oxygen shortage in the country.”

This comes a day after Tata Steel announced that they are supplying 200-300 tons of Liquid Medical Oxygen daily to various State governments and hospitals. 

“We are in this fight together & will surely win it!” the Tata Steel had expressed.

Earlier on Tuesday, during an address to the nation, Prime Minister Narendra stated that the Centre is working in tandem with the state governments to avail them the requisite amount of vaccines, oxygen and medicines.

“This time the demand for oxygen has spiked in many parts. We are working on this. Centre, states and private sectors are trying to ensure every needy patient gets oxygen. New oxygen plants in states, using industrial oxygen for medical use, Oxygen Express – we are doing everything,” he said.

The Prime Minister called the COVID-19 second wave ‘a storm’ and said that the country is once again ‘fighting a huge battle’.

This is to be noted that India is registering over 2.50 lakh new COVID-19 cases every day for the past few days which has resulted in the unavailability of beds and oxygen shortage in hospitals across the country.

The data by the Union Health Ministry showed that there were 2,59,170 new COVID-19 cases and 1,761 deaths between Monday and Tuesday morning. 

India, the second worst-hit country in the world after the United States, now has a total of 1,53,21,089 COVID-19 infections, of which, 20,31,977 are active cases. So far, the Indians have also witnessed 1,80,530 coronavirus-related fatalities.

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