Typically, healthcare facilities consume about 15% of oxygen supply, leaving the rest for industrial use. But amid India’s second wave nearly 90% of the country’s oxygen supply – 7,500 metric tonnes daily – is being diverted for medical use, according to Rajesh Bhushan, a senior health official. That’s far higher than the 2,700 metric tonnes that was consumed every day at the peak of the first wave in mid-September last year.

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