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Easing of Covid-19 curbs to depend on oxygen availability: Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackera

Easing of Covid-19 curbs to depend on oxygen availability: Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray


TCSN Desk

05 Sep 21

Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Sunday said the easing of Covid-19 restrictions in the state will be based on the availability of oxygen and it was “up to the people to prevent or invite a ‘third wave’ of the pandemic”.

Inaugurating a virtual medical conference, Thackeray asked political parties to refrain from indulging in politics and demanding reopening of places where crowds cannot be avoided.He claimed Maharashtra is the only state which has upgraded its health infrastructure to tackle the pandemic “like no other country has done”.

“We are only falling short of oxygen production, which takes a little longer. At present, our daily oxygen production is around 1,200 to 1,300 metric tonne which is used for industrial as well as medical purposes. For the industrial purpose, oxygen is required in steel, glass and pharma sectors. We need 150 metric tonne daily for non-Covid-19 patients and 200 metric tonne for Covid-19 patients,” he said.


During the second wave of Covid-19, the state required 1,700 to 1,800 metric tonne oxygen daily, which it had to procure from other states, the CM said.


Thackeray said he has given instructions to increase the oxygen production in the state to 3,000 metric tonne from the present 1,400 metric tonne. “But, that will take time. We may not get enough oxygen from other states if the number of cases there increase,” he said.


The chief minister said even though the second wave of Covid-19 is “under control”, there is a slight increase in the number of daily cases in the last few days.


“We have to avoid crowd I have patience. We should not be required to close the places which have been opened up now,” he said.