Goa registered a record-high surge of 927 cases on Friday; active count stands at 6,321 cases.
The Goa government, on Saturday, banned the export of oxygen cylinders outside the state due to increased internal requirement, in wake of the fierce COVID surge here. As per reports, Goa registered a record-high surge of 927 cases in 24 hours on Friday, taking the count of total active cases in the state to 6,321. Consequently, the oxygen cylinders have been reserved for the treatment of critical patients here.
Goa stops oxygen export to treat internal COVID crisis
COVID-19 is primarily a respiratory infection and critical symptoms include shortage of breath or difficulty in breathing. In such an avenue, patients are supplied artificial oxygen to keep their vitals stable. This aids the treatment of the deadly virus.
The state Health Minister announced on Saturday, that all export activities related to oxygen cylinders have been banned with immediate effect. He took to this Twitter to further announced that "All industrial oxygen requirements will be diverted towards the health services, GMC and Covid hospitals."
An order has further been issued listing all necessary directives to the state Health Secretary, to ensure coordination between respective collectors, the minister added. The official further informed that this circular has been furnished under the Disaster Management Act, 2005, in public interest and to save people's lives.