The Indian Railways on Wednesday informed that 100 Oxygen Expresses have completed their journey so far. These express have provided medical oxygen to all states amid its rising demand due to a massive surge in COVID-19 cases.
As per the data provided by the Railway Ministry, Oxygen Express has delivered 6260 metric tonnes (MT) of liquid medical oxygen (LMO) in more than 396 tankers to various states across the country.
On Tuesday, the trains delivered around 800 metric tonnes (MT) of LMO across the country.
As of Wednesday, 407 MT LMO has been offloaded in Maharashtra, nearly 1680 MT in Uttar Pradesh, 360 MT to Madhya Pradesh, 939 MT in Haryana, 123 MT in Telangana, 40 MT in Rajasthan, 120 MT in Karnataka, and more than 2404 MT in Delhi.
More Oxygen Expresses are expected to start their journeys later on Wednesday night.
A total of 3,48,421 new COVID-19 cases and 3,55,338 discharges were reported in the last 24 hours, taking the country’s total positive cases so far to 2,33,40,938.
This includes 1,93,82,642 discharges and 2,54,197 deaths. There are currently 37,04,099 active cases in the country.
Since last year, Indian Railways has lost over a thousand staff members, including frontline workers such as station masters, to the COVID-19 pandemic. Even now, around 1,000 railway employees are getting infected on a regular basis. Since the month of March last year, as many as 1,952 railway employees have died due to the pandemic, Suneet Sharma, Chairman Railway Board recently said.