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"We need to inject more tankers - ranging from capacity of 8 to 30 tonnes - into the supply chain now, and we are working on it", he said.

Meanwhile, Shahid Malik, who works at a small supplier of oxygen, said that the demand for medical oxygen had increased by a factor of 10.

The Centre, last Friday, had directed states to ensure uninterrupted movement of medical oxygen carrying vehicles along their borders and said that they must not impose any curb on production and supply of the essential public health commodity anywhere.

The court made it clear that it was not speaking for the capital but for the entire country.

"One solution to this crisis was to create a stockpile of antiviral drugs when cases were low, but that did not happen", said Raman Gaikwad, an infectious diseases specialist at Sahyadri Hospital in the western city of Pune.

Meanwhile, the Delhi High Court said that economic interests can not override human lives and suggested some reduction in steel and petroleum production to divert oxygen to COVID-19 patients.

Commerce Minister Piyush Goyal last weekend hit out at "doctors giving patients unnecessary oxygen".

The court then adjourned the case for Thursday after the Centre informed the bench that it had allocated 480 metric tonnes of oxygen to Delhi, and some of the Max hospitals had reported receiving new stocks. "You can't claim this is all we have and can't give more, let the people die". If the governments forcibly start stealing oxygen like this, it will lead to chaos.

"The steel and petrochemical industries are oxygen guzzlers and diverting oxygen from there can meet hospitals' requirements", the bench said. "The problem is of planning and execution because the key functionaries of the government were so engrossed in elections", Congress general secretary Ajay Maken said. A high blood pressure patient, Ms. Pushpa was also diagnosed with bilateral pneumonia, she said.Ms. Chaudhary said after relatives protested, the district magistrate reached the spot and assured the people that oxygen supply was on its way. "The railways have been roped in now for the transportation of oxygen", the Congress leader said.

Delhi High Court also focused on logistics. "That means human lives don't matter for the government", an angry bench of justices Vipin Sanghi and Rekha Palli said.

Delhi recorded 24,638 fresh COVID-19 cases and 249 deaths due to the viral disease on Wednesday while the positivity rate stood at 31.28 per cent, meaning nearly every third sample tested positive, amid a growing clamour for oxygen and hospital beds in the city.

Maken pointed to the increase in the quantity of oxygen exported amid the pandemic. "We were informed that all industrial oxygen is being diverted for medical use except certain critical industries, inter alia, steel and petroleum".

The ministry said all the states, including Delhi, have to rationalise the use of oxygen and prohibit abnormal usage and administering oxygen to the patients who do not clinically require the same.