Ahmedabad: The state government aims to augment oxygen production capacity using the facilities of the public sector undertakings (PSUs) to reach to the expected 1,800 metric tonnes (MT) per day projected requirement if a third wave of Covid-19 cases hit in the near future.
During the last surge in Covid cases, the state’s maximum oxygen requirement per day was 1,150MT. The state government had asked the Centre to increase oxygen supply anticipating that a surge in cases will lead to a requirement of 1,600MT per day by mid-May. However, the number of cases fell and Gujarat did not need this amount of medical oxygen.
However, the state government informed the HC that if a third wave is to occur, it expects active cases to go up to an estimated high of 2.5 lakh. There were a maximum of 1.48 lakh active cases in the state during the last surge, when maximum new cases in a day reported was 14,605. The peak number of new cases in a day is expected to reach 25,000 in a potential third wave. tnn