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In India’s Booming Black Market for Oxygen, Only the Rich Can Survive

For many in India, the ability to access oxygen and human-sized medical-grade oxygen cylinders is a matter of life or death – and a symbol of wealth.

India’s daily demand for medical grade oxygen is a staggering 2 million standard oxygen cylinders. This is the highest in the world, after India became the first country to register more than 400,000 new COVID-19 cases in a single day over the weekend.

According to a data tracker created by the non-profit organisation PATH, India’s daily…

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