The government officials of the Indian capital Delhi called for help from the armed forces as the city grapples with its second wave of COVID-19 cases. Intensive Care Units (ICUs) of hospitals throughout Delhi are currently packed while the supply of medical oxygen is running low. With deaths reaching 400 per day, the officials ask for help from the army to run COVID care facilities and ICUs. India now has hit 20 million COVID-19 cases since the start of the pandemic, with over 300,000 new cases per day in the last two weeks and a death toll of 220,000.

Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said they need the army’s help in manning and providing additional COVID-19 facilities. Sisodia added that they also need “urgent” help in the transportation of oxygen supplies. The Indian government has ordered the armed forces to assist in transporting oxygen to hospitals, and retired military medical staff to assist in facilities. Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said that Delhi is not getting an adequate supply of medical oxygen to hospitals from the federal government. The federal government clarified that the problem is not on the lack of supply but rather, transportation. India produces thousands of tonnes of medical oxygen but lacks distribution networks.