WHO cautions of oxygen lack as COVID cases set to top 10 million

WHO cautions of oxygen lack as COVID cases set to top 10 million


  • Post By : Kumar Jeetendra

  • Source: Reuters

  • Date: 25 Jun,2020

The world faces a deficiency of oxygen concentrators as the quantity of overall instances of coronavirus contamination approaches the 10 million imprint, the World Health Organization head said on Wednesday.

“Numerous nations are currently encountering challenges getting oxygen concentrators,” WHO Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told a news gathering. “Request is presently overwhelming gracefully.”

The new coronavirus has hit 9.3 million individuals and executed more than 480,000 up until this point and is ascending by around 1 million cases for each week. This has pushed oxygen request to 88,000 huge chambers for each day, or 620,000 cubic meters of oxygen, Tedros said.

The unexpected ascent has made a deficiency of oxygen concentrators expected to help breathing of COVID-19 patients experiencing respiratory pain.

The wellbeing office has bought 14,000 oxygen concentrators from makers and plans to send them to 120 nations in coming weeks, Tedros said. A further 170,000 concentrators – esteemed at some $100 million – will be possibly accessible throughout the following a half year.

The leader of the WHO crises program, Dr Mike Ryan, in the mean time said the pandemic in numerous Latin American nations was as yet extraordinary as passings in the district outperformed 100,000 this week. Numerous nations had encountered 25-half increments in cases in the previous week, he said.

“I would portray the circumstance in the Americas all in all as yet developing, not having arrived at its pinnacle yet, and prone to bring about supported quantities of cases and proceeded with passings,” he said.

The United States has condemned WHO’s treatment of the pandemic, calling the office “China-driven”. President Donald Trump requested a prompt survey and changes and has promised to stop the Geneva-based body.

European governments are additionally working with the United States on an update plan.

While Tedros has swore responsibility and a post-pandemic audit, Ryan said on Wednesday the organization was holding inner talks over its activities including what it has found out about controlling the infection.

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