Peru suffering medical oxygen crunch amid Covid spike

21/02/2021

Hundreds of Peruvians waited in long lines on Saturday to get medical oxygen for loved ones with Covid-19, amid a shortage of the gas in the pandemic's second wave.

In San Juan de Lurigancho, a largely poor area just northeast of the capital, more than 200 people waited in front of a new plant opened by the San Marcos parish and the municipality of Lima, which provides free medical oxygen. 

People had to show a medical order and a photocopy of the patient's identity document. 

There was tight police surveillance at the plant, as in almost all medical oxygen sales spots around the country. 

According to the government, the demand for medical oxygen grew by 200 percent in Peru with the second wave of Covid-19, which saw infections and deaths quadruple compared to rates in December.

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