In Chamarajanagar, India, 12 people have died from COVID-19 as a result of the oxygen shortage in the country. Indian authorities have assured citizens that there is plenty of liquid oxygen and that they are producing more as quickly as possible. The only problem is that the production facilities are in eastern India, and the new coronavirus outbreak is currently affecting the western side of India, including the country’s capital, New Delhi. It takes several days for the newly produced oxygen to be transported from the production facilities in the east to the areas worst affected by the new outbreak.
The New Delhi High Court stated on Sunday that government officials who fail to deliver the oxygen to hospitals in the outbreak areas will be punished. According to the New York Times database, there were over 7,000 deaths and 350,000 new cases of COVID-19 over the weekend in India. Countries around the world have sent India oxygen cylinders, ventilators, and oxygen generators to help them combat the new outbreak. The outbreak consists of two variants of COVID-19, and some experts believe that the outbreak could create new variants of the virus.
The outbreak in India has caused Australian authorities to place a travel ban on their own citizens who are currently in India. Australia is currently the only country to ban their own citizens from returning home from India.