Coronavirus India LIVE updates
Deaths per million population are still less in India – nearly half the world average. Only about 72 deaths per million population have occurred in the country so far; globally this number is 131. This has led to questions about the authenticity of India’s death numbers. On Wednesday, US President Donald Trump, in an effort to defend his own government’s record in minimising loss of lives, suggested that India was under-reporting deaths. Many scientists and health experts do, in fact, believe that deaths in India might be somewhat under-reported, but no one is quite sure to what extent.
Meanwhile, with no in-house production of liquified oxygen in Madhya Pradesh, much of its medical and industrial needs are met from neighbouring states, primarily Maharashtra. However, in early September, Maharashtra — itself dealing with rising Covid cases —directed its producers to restrict supplies outside the state. Since then, hospitals in Jabalpur and Indore, among other districts in Madhya Pradesh, have been hit.
While the Central government on September 18 urged states not to put any restrictions on movement of oxygen, supply remains affected. MP’s 11 ASUs manufacture oxygen on a much smaller scale and mostly to meet the needs of local steel industries.
In other covid-related news, India’s air transport bubble with Germany has been suspended after the European country prohibited national carrier Air India from flying to its airports, a senior government official told The Indian Express. The ban succeeded the Indian side asking Lufthansa to curtail its schedule, which led to the airline cancelling its flights to India till October 20.
Air India, too, has consequently cancelled its flights to Frankfurt from Delhi. “All our flights to and from Frankfurt had to be cancelled due to withdrawal of permission by the German authorities. 10 flights on the Delhi-Frankfurt sector and two between Delhi and Bangalore will not operate now till 14th October,” an Air India spokesperson said.