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NCOC reports over 5,000 COVID-19 patients on oxygen

Pertaining to the outbreak of  COVID-19, the number of Covid-19 patients on Oxygen has culminated to 5,360 during the last 24 hours.

“This is 57% more than during the peak last June,” the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) chief said on Friday.

“Alhamdulillah [we] have so far managed to cope with this huge increase because of the proactively building capacity of the entire system from oxygen production to beds,” he added.

Umar said total oxygen production capacity in Pakistan last year was 487 tons per day but it has now been increased to 798 tons. “Oxygen production has gone up from 465 tons/day last June to 725 tons currently. We also imported 19,200 oxygen cylinders last year to ensure distribution.”

He said the federal government provided 2,811 oxygen beds all over Pakistan last year while the provinces added more. “Hence despite there being more than 2,000 additional COVID-19 patients on oxygen vs last June peak you have not seen the kind tight supply situation we saw last June,” he pointed out.

Moreover, Asad Umar said the NCOC in the previous meeting decided to import 6,000 tons oxygen, 5,000 cylinders and 20 cryogenic tanks.

 “It is this proactive decision making which has with Allah’s blessings help us avoid the kind of scenes being witnessed in some other countries,” he said.

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