Oxygen shortage angers Algerians

Algerians have taken to social media to express outrage as hospitals run out of oxygen amid a spike in coronavirus infections.

People from several parts of the country made appeals for oxygen to save the lives of Covid patients experiencing breathing difficulties.

Pictures shared on social media show chaotic scenes in hospitals – some capture people gathered near lorries delivering oxygen cylinders.

The government has put in orders to bring in 15,000 oxygen concentrators with 2,250 expected to be delivered early next week.

Algeria has registered 1,537 new cases of coronavirus infections in the last 24 hours with 29 deaths.

Despite starting a vaccination campaign in January, only two million out of a population of 45 million have received the jab because of delays in vaccine deliveries.

The country is expected to start producing Chinese jab Sinopharm and the Russian vaccine Sputnik from September.


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