12:15 – LifeGuard Technologies has today confirmed its factories in the US, Canada and Sweden remain fully operational.

“All operational factories are focused on producing all of our LifeGuard Safety hoses but particularly our high pressure and cryogenic hoses to support the high demands on the oxygen production industry,” the company said.

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10:30 – ACWA Power contributes SAR 50m to coronavirus efforts

Saudi Arabian utility developer ACWA Power has pledged a contribution of SAR 50m to support national health endeavours and efforts amid the coronavirus pandemic.

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10:00 – No reason for an oxygen shortage

Exclusive insight: Covid-19 versus oxygen supply – the status on supply and demand

In an exclusive for gasworld in the last few days, Publisher and CEO John Raquet explained why there should be no reason for alarm over the critical supply of oxygen on the front line of the fight against Covid-19.

Responding to mounting speculation in the mainstream press, he wrote, “There is no doubt that a few hospitals have experienced low levels of oxygen or a lack of cylinders but it would be wrong to assume there will be national shortages of oxygen. It is important to understand both the current supply situation and the measures the gas companies are taking in order to supply the significant increase in demand due to Covid-19.”

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09:45 - Siemens makes its AM Network available to global medical community

Siemens revealed last week that it is making its Additive Manufacturing (AM) Network along with its 3D printers, available to the global medical community to speed design and production of medical components.

The AM Network connects users, designers and 3D-print service providers to enable faster and less complicated production of spare parts for machines like ventilators.

“To help fight Covid-19, we have opened our AM Network for hospitals and other health institutions needing spare medical parts to efficiently manage their design and printing requests.”

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09:00 – As the world continues with its varying stages of lockdown, here’s the news you’re waking up to this morning: 

  • Covid-19 (coronavirus) cases worldwide have escalated over the course of the last week
  • There are now more than 1.2 million confirmed cases of Covid-19 worldwide; fatalities number almost 70,000
  • The situation has accelerated most notably in the US, where there are now almost 338,000 confirmed cases, and approaching 10,000 fatalities
  • In Europe, confirmed cases have reached 128,000 in Italy, 131,000 in Spain, 100,000 in Germany, 93,000 in France, and 48,000 in the UK
  • The rate of new cases and fatalities in both Spain and Italy, however, is showing signs of slowing
  • Iran remains the hardest-hit country in the Middle East, with 58,000 confirmed cases and a significant death toll (3,600); Saudi Arabia has a recorded 2,400 cases
  • In Asia-Pacific, confirmed cases have reached 82,000 in China, 3,600 in Japan, 10,200 in South Korea, 3,600 in Malaysia, 2,200 in Thailand, 1,300 in Singapore, 3,200 in Pakistan, 4,300 in India, and 5,600 in Australia