WORLD India's largest carmaker brings forward maintenance shutdown to make oxygen available for medical use

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India's largest carmaker brings forward maintenance shutdown to make oxygen available for medical use

Xinhua

11:24, April 29, 2021

MUMBAI, April 29 (Xinhua) -- India's largest car manufacturer Maruti Suzuki has brought forward its nine-day biannual maintenance shutdown from June to May to avoid consumption of more oxygen amid the oxygen shortage across the country under a resurgence of COVID-19 cases.

People wait in line to refill empty medical oxygen cylinders for COVID-19 patients in front of a shop in New Delhi, India, April 26, 2021. (Photo: Xinhua)

"As part of the car manufacturing process, Maruti Suzuki uses a small amount of oxygen in its factories while relatively much larger quantities are used by the manufacturers of components. In the current situation, we believe that all available oxygen should be used to save lives," the company said in a statement on Wednesday.

India is currently witnessing a severe second wave of COVID-19 outbreak that has seen short supply of medical oxygen across the country. The Indian government has made it mandatory to supply all oxygen for medical needs instead of industrial usage.

India currently has 2.98 million active cases of COVID-19 with 201,187 deaths reported so far.

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