Oxygen supplies tight in southern US states


Hospitals in the southern states of the United States are dealing with tight supplies of oxygen, as suppliers reallocate product from industrial customers to keep up with demand caused by the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.

In recent weeks, some hospitals in Florida have had to draw from their reserve tanks of medical oxygen, as rising cases of Covid-19 over the summer led to increased hospitalisations and demand for oxygen.

Disruption caused by Hurricane Ida last Sunday has also created concerns about oxygen supplies running low in Louisiana.

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