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India caps prices of medical oxygen amid rising COVID-19 cases

New Delhi

India said yesterday it was capping the price of liquid oxygen used to treat victims of novel coronavirus and other respiratory diseases after complaints of hoarding and shortages, as total COVID infections hit 5.9 million countrywide. “Due to the absence of a price cap on liquid medical oxygen, manufacturers have hiked prices to fillers,” the government said in a statement, referring to off-takers such as hospitals and clinics which use the oxygen.

To ensure that the oxygen is available at reasonable rates, the government has capped manufacturers’ prices at 15.22 rupees per cubic meter (CUM), the statement said. The prices of a cubic meter of medical oxygen delivered by cylinder to end-users have been fixed at 25.71 rupees, higher than the previous ceiling price of 17.49/CUM.

The new ceiling prices are applicable for six months and exclude taxes. India’s demand for medical oxygen has increased by almost four times to 2,800 tonnes a day, straining production and supply, the statement said.

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