As many as 3 persons killed after an oxygen cylinder burst at an oxygen gas filling station located on Dewa road in Uttar Pradesh's Lucknow on May 05. Speaking to ANI, Police Commissioner DK Thakur said that while refilling of cylinders one of the cylinders exploded. "While refilling of cylinders, one of the cylinders exploded. 3 people have died so far. One injured is being treated at RML Hospital while 4 others have been shifted to Trauma Centre," said Thakur.
The 'Oxygen Express' carrying 10 oxygen tankers arrived in Lucknow from Jamshedpur in Jharkhand on May 04. The requirement of oxygen has soared in the country due to COVID situation. In view of this, Indian Railways is running 'Oxygen Express' trains to meet the demand.
The country is fighting with COVID-19 wave currently and is also suffering from shortage of oxygen supply. Due to increase in demand, people were seen queuing up outside an oxygen plant to refill their cylinders in Lucknow. A local said, "l've been waiting since 4 am and the oxygen tanker is yet to come. For the last two days, there's no oxygen in the plant." In last 24 hours, 29,192 fresh COVID cases and 288 deaths were reported in Uttar Pradesh.
Union External Affairs Minister Dr S Jaishankar addressed ICWA-USI International Gallipoli virtual seminar. He said, "It's worth recalling that Indian soldiers during World War were motivated neither by conquests nor requisition. Their driving force was military ethics, honour and dignity of a professional soldier. This shaped their self-perception and behaviour abroad, building an image of discipline and responsibilities, standards with which Indian military is associated at home and abroad. It's particularly relevant to an India that's now poised to enter a different phase of its evolution." He further said, "The exemplary demeanour of Indian soldiers in World War I, on or off the battlefield, has set us on the long road to peacekeeping. With 50 Missions 253,000 soldiers, in addition to Police personnel, India has been the largest contributor to UN Peacekeeping."
Police personnel checked vehicles and IDs of people who are commuting in Delhi amid the 6-day lockdown imposed in the national capital in the wake of COVID-19 pandemic. The lockdown will continue till 5 am of 26th April. On April 21, Delhi reported over 28,000 COVID cases, highest ever single-day spike.