Amid COVID-19 outbreak, price of oxygen cylinder shoots up; private suppliers charging Rs 30,000 for one cylinder worth Rs 2,000

All this comes at a time when several states have been pleading with the Centre to ramp up the medical oxygen supply and increase its quota amid a high number of unfortunate deaths due to oxygen shortage. Authorities at several private hospitals in the national capital scampered to refill their oxygen stocks as the lives of many COVID patients hung by a thin thread amid an acute shortage of life-saving gas.