The Ministry of External Affairs asked the foreign embassies to not hoard oxygen among other essential supplies after at least two of them turned to Congress for aid during the second wave of the coronavirus crisis on Sunday.
This came in response to the media queries following the SOS issued by the New Zealand High Commission to the youth wing of the Congress party for medical oxygen in New Delhi. A similar incident unfolded at the Embassy of the Philippines as well.
The foreign ministry said, “The Chief of Protocol and Heads of Divisions are in continuous touch with all High Commissions, Embassies and MEA is responding to their medical demands, especially those related to Covid. This includes facilitating their hospital treatment. Given the pandemic situation, all are urged not to hoard essential supplies, including oxygen.”.
While the Congress shared pictures of its activists delivering the oxygen cylinders, the New Zealand High Commission deleted its tweet, making the citizens wonder if they were pressurized to do so by the Indian government. However, they released a follow-up tweet saying, “We are trying all sources to arrange for oxygen cylinders urgently and our appeal has unfortunately been misinterpreted, for which we are sorry.”.
The second wave of the unprecedented coronavirus crisis has crippled India’s healthcare system. There is a hike in the number of COVID-19 cases with patients dying due to the shortage of oxygen and medicines in the country.