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To Tackle COVID-19 Crisis In Maharashtra and Delhi, Anand Mahindra Launches ‘Oxygen On Wheels’ Initiative

The Mahindra group chairman Anand Mahindra rolled out the ‘Oxygen on Wheels’ initiative to tackle oxygen shortage crisis in Maharashtra and Delhi

To Tackle COVID-19 Crisis In Maharashtra and Delhi, Anand Mahindra Launches 'Oxygen On Wheels' Initiative

New Delhi: In the wake of acute oxygen shortage in the state of Maharashtra and Delhi due to rising COVID-19 cases in the deadly second wave, the Mahindra group chairman Anand Mahindra on Saturday (May 1) rolled out the ‘Oxygen on Wheels’ initiative to help COVID-19 patients struggling to get oxygen and ease the transportation from oxygen producing plants to hospitals and homes. Announcing the launch of the initiative first in Maharashtra on social media, Anand Mahindra said,

Today, Oxygen is the key to reducing mortality. The problem is not of oxygen production but its transportation from producing plants to hospitals and homes. We’re attempting to bridge this gap with “Oxygen on Wheels” a project implemented via Mahindra Logistics.

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Further elaborating about the project, he said that the

Oxygen on Wheels uses trucks in local shuttle routes to connect oxygen producers with hospitals and homes. An operations control Centre has been established and the storage location is replenished from the local refilling plant. A direct-to-consumer model is being conceived.

Thanking his team for this quick rollout, Mr Mahindra said,

I made a commitment to @CMOMaharashtra on Tuesday and in just 48 hours the @Mahindralog_MLL team launched the program in Pune and Chakan with 20 Boleros. I’m deeply grateful to the team.

The rollout of this initiative in Maharashtra includes Mumbai, Thane, Nashik, Nagpur. Anand Mahindra  said that soon they will expand this project throughout the country. He added,

We have started in Maharashtra but will expand this through the country relying on the support of our trusted dealership network and the assistance of local administrations to succeed.

Announcing the rollout of the mission in the national Capital, Mr Mahindra said,

We’re rushing SOS oxygen cylinders to hospitals from the Rajghat & Mayapuri oxygen depots. Together we fight the second wave. Thanks to the local administration for the opportunity and their support #RiseForGood.

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He further said that the initiative in New Delhi will be further scaled up in few days. He added,

We’re scaling up operations in Delhi in the coming days as well as expanding reach to neighbouring centres. O2W is already operating at Pune, Chakan, Pimpri-Chinchwad, Nasik and Nagpur, delivering about 600 O2 cylinders every day with Bolero pickup trucks.

Due to the surge in COVID-19 cases, not just Maharashtra, which has been the worst-hit state since last year, various other states are also facing an acute shortage of oxygen. Currently, India is facing the worst second wave of COVID-19 pandemic. Currently, India has reported 4.12 lakh fresh cases, 3,980 deaths as per the data by Health Ministry on May 7, which is country’s worst covid numbers since the beginning of pandemic. World Health Organization said on Wednesday (May 6) that India accounted for 46% of global cases and 25% of global deaths reported in the past week. The country has been clocking more than 300,000 daily COVID-19 cases for 13 days straight, with the health system crumbling and people gasping for oxygen.

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World

26,78,24,983Cases
22,84,48,447Active
3,40,97,388Recovered
52,79,148Deaths
Coronavirus has spread to 196 countries. The total confirmed cases worldwide are 26,78,24,983 and 52,79,148 have died; 22,84,48,447 are active cases and 3,40,97,388 have recovered as on December 9, 2021 at 3:47 am.

India

3,46,66,241 9,419Cases
94,742 1,009Active
3,40,97,388 8,251Recovered
4,74,111 159Deaths
In India, there are 3,46,66,241 confirmed cases including 4,74,111 deaths. The number of active cases is 94,742 and 3,40,97,388 have recovered as on December 9, 2021 at 2:30 am.

State Details

State Cases Active Recovered Deaths
Maharashtra

66,40,888 893

9,964 157

64,89,720 1,040

1,41,204 10

Kerala

51,78,892 5,038

41,615 887

50,95,263 4,039

42,014 112

Karnataka

29,99,098 399

7,284 155

29,53,565 238

38,249 6

Tamil Nadu

27,32,648 703

7,946 36

26,88,142 728

36,560 11

Andhra Pradesh

20,74,217 181

2,011 3

20,57,749 176

14,457 2

Uttar Pradesh

17,10,502 10

139 7

16,87,452 3

22,911

West Bengal

16,20,803 574

7,576 0

15,93,659 568

19,568 6

Delhi

14,41,514 65

404 28

14,16,010 36

25,100 1

Odisha

10,50,760 255

1,931 11

10,40,403 264

8,426 2

Chhattisgarh

10,07,075 37

341 9

9,93,140 27

13,594 1

Rajasthan

9,54,984 40

236 16

9,45,792 24

8,956

Gujarat

8,27,873 67

417 45

8,17,361 22

10,095

Madhya Pradesh

7,93,288 14

140 1

7,82,619 13

10,529

Haryana

7,71,904 29

223 15

7,61,626 14

10,055

Bihar

7,26,259 9

36 6

7,14,133 3

12,090

Telangana

6,77,546 205

3,871 19

6,69,673 185

4,002 1

Assam

6,18,042 134

2,541 24

6,09,374 158

6,127

Punjab

6,03,578 22

350 0

5,86,614 20

16,614 2

Jharkhand

3,49,383 16

129 7

3,44,113 23

5,141

Uttarakhand

3,44,402 17

192 3

3,36,799 14

7,411

Jammu And Kashmir

3,38,198 151

1,639 38

3,32,070 111

4,489 2

Himachal Pradesh

2,27,753 69

722 14

2,23,174 81

3,857 2

Goa

1,79,307 65

441 37

1,75,478 28

3,388

Mizoram

1,37,377 320

3,049 10

1,33,819 309

509 1

Puducherry

1,29,128 23

230 1

1,27,022 22

1,876

Manipur

1,25,429 23

325 5

1,23,119 28

1,985

Tripura

84,888 14

94 11

83,968 3

826

Meghalaya

84,631 12

240 11

82,916 23

1,475

Chandigarh

65,515 7

67 2

64,628 5

820

Arunachal Pradesh

55,298 3

29 2

54,989 5

280

Sikkim

32,390 8

200 2

31,785 6

405

Nagaland

32,143 1

116 2

31,328 3

699

Ladakh

21,749 14

230 17

21,304 31

215

Dadra And Nagar Haveli

10,683

0 0

10,679

4

Lakshadweep

10,405

11 0

10,343

51

Andaman And Nicobar Islands

7,691 1

3 0

7,559 1

129

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