In India, where the infection of the new coronavirus spreads rapidly and the number of new infections exceeds 300,000 a day, hospitals around the world are facing a serious shortage of medical oxygen.
In India, the number of newly infected people confirmed on the 23rd was more than 330,000, which is the highest number of infected people in the world per day, and the number of deaths reached more than 2,200, which is the highest number in the country.
Treatment is delayed due to lack of oxygen
In the capital city of New Delhi, hospitals around the world are calling for additional supply, saying that there is only a few hours left for medical oxygen, and treatment is delayed due to lack of oxygen.
The Indian government has reduced industrial oxygen production and turned it into medical use, but it has not kept pace with the increase in patients, and Prime Minister Modi has ordered further production increases.
Under these circumstances, on the 20th of this month in central Madhya Pradesh, a relative of a person infected with the new corona robbed an oxygen cylinder from a hospital warehouse.
It has been pointed out that the background of this rapid spread of infection is the effect of a virus newly found in India that has two characteristic mutations.
According to experts, the mutant virus can be highly infectious, and the United Kingdom, Singapore, Canada, etc. are banning entry from India one after another.
Expert "Mutant virus is the main factor of the spread of infection"
Professor Gilidard Bab of the Indian Public Health Foundation, who specializes in epidemiology, said of a newly discovered virus in India that has two mutations: "Mutations make virus and cell receptors perfect like keys and keyholes. It binds. It seems that it has become more infectious. "
"There is no doubt that this mutant virus is a major contributor to the rapid spread of the virus," he said, albeit with insufficient data.