Coronavirus: Chinese Firms See Surge in Demand From India for Medical Oxygen Devices



Rachel Zhang | Simone McCarthy | SCMP

Chinese companies have seen a spike in demand from India for medical oxygen equipment after Beijing pledged to mobilise support for the country as it struggles with a worsening Covid-19 crisis.

China is the world’s biggest manufacturer of oxygen concentrators, and some factories say the demand has led to a shortage of the components needed to make them, pushing up prices.

Beijing has said it is highly concerned about the situation in India, where a second wave of the pandemic has seen record daily infections and an acute shortage of medical supplies and hospital beds. In the last 24 hours, the country recorded 366,161 new cases and 3,754 related deaths, and there is mounting pressure for a nationwide lockdown.

Chinese President Xi Jinping on April 30 said China was ready to strengthen cooperation with India to fight the pandemic and provide support.

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