It is thought that at least 22 people have died following an oxygen leak at the Zakir Hussain hospital in Nashik city, India.

Such tragedy comes at a time when India is battling its second wave of coronavirus (Covid-19) infections, with the country on Thursday reporting the highest one-day tally of new cases of anywhere in the world.

According to various reports, the incident at Zakir Hussain hospital occurred on Wednesday (21st April) while an oxygen tanker was refilling a storage tank.

Officials said there was no oxygen flowing to ventilators for about 30 minutes, which led to the deaths.

In a social media post, India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi shared his condolences.

“The tragedy at a hospital in Nashik because of oxygen tank leakage is heart-wrenching,” he wrote. “Anguished by the loss of lives due to do. Condolences to the bereaved families in this sad hour.”

Just two days after the oxygen leak, two New Delhi-based hospitals issued an SOS as oxygen levels run critically low.

Read more: Covid-19: New Delhi hospitals are running out of oxygen supplies

To help meet these urgent oxygen needs, India is now turning to the international industrial gas community for urgent help.

gasworld now understands the Indian Government has put out a tender for 50,000 tonnes of medical liquid oxygen. That tender is open to the international community as well as those within India.

Read more: India reaches out to global industrial gas community as oxygen crisis escalates

At the time of writing, India has over 16.3 million cases and just over 187,000 fatalities according to the Centre for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) at Johns Hopkins University.