The Third Wave Of COVID-19 in Myanmar Causes A Shortage of Oxygen

As Myanmar struggles with a deadly third wave of Coronavirus, the country’s lack of medical oxygen has become the biggest killer.
In June, 117 people died from COVID-19. The death toll has already reached 847 in the first two weeks of July. In Yangon and elsewhere, crematoriums are suddenly crowded with coffins, and lack of oxygen is the main cause of death.
In the aftermath of the junta’s coup in February, the country’s healthcare system collapsed. Hospitals that were able to handle the influx of patients during the country’s first and second waves of the virus are now understaffed and unable to treat patients as a result of the military takeover.
Many people who are turned away by hospitals need to obtain their own medical oxygen at home. Oxygen cylinders are in short supply as a result of panic buying.
The military regime has ordered oxygen plants in Yangon and other towns not to refill oxygen cylinders for individual consumers. On July 13, troops fired into the air to disperse crowds queuing for oxygen at a plant in Yangon’s South Dagon Township.
According to the Ministry of Health and Sports controlled by the junta, COVID-19 fatalities caused by a lack of oxygen increased significantly on July 12, 109 on July 13, and 145 on July 14 2021. The real figures, however, are believed to be higher.
In addition, the regime’s repressive orders like the dusk-to-dawn curfew have contributed to COVID-19 fatalities, with people dying because they were unable to access oxygen and medical treatment in time. Additionally, people face a higher risk of Coronavirus infection from standing in line for hours at the few oxygen plants that exist.

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