The World Health Organization has said that hospitals are facing a shortage of oxygen concentrators needed to support the breathing of COVID-19 patients suffering from respiratory distress.
“Many countries are now experiencing difficulties obtaining oxygen concentrators,” WHO director general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said. “Demand is currently outstripping supply.”
He said that the health agency has bought 14,000 oxygen concentrators from manufacturers and plans to send them to 120 countries in coming weeks.
Cases worldwide passed 9.4 million, with the WHO saying it expected global infections to pass 10 million by the end of the week. At least 480,000 people have died.