Doctors sound warning over oxygen hoarding as India reports record Covid cases and deaths
Crisis deepens as public turns to stockpiling medicine and oxygen as hospitals struggle to access coronavirus supplies
Hoarding oxygen and vital medicines in homes is “creating panic” and causing shortages in hospitals, according to senior Indian doctors, prompting fears of shortages for critically ill patients amid the worsening Covid crisis.
It comes as India recorded 352,991 new cases and 2,812 new deaths, both breaking all previous global records of the pandemic. The last week has seen a cumulative 89% increase in Covid-19 deaths in India and a total of 2.2m new cases, the highest seven-day increase experienced by any country.