According to global media reports, the government ramped up its efforts to get medical oxygen to hospitals using special Oxygen Express trains, air force planes and trucks to transport tankers, and took measures to exempt critical oxygen supplies from customs taxes.
The European Union has mobilised its Emergency Response Coordination Center to provide oxygen and medicine to India.
Each day, the government reports more than 300,000 new infections, a world record, and India is now seeing more new infections than any other country by far, nearly half of all new cases in a global surge.
A health worker outside Lok Nayak Jai Prakash (LNJP) Hospital in Old Delhi.
As the deaths continue to overwhelm India's medical system, people in New Delhi are forced to turn to makeshift facilities for mass cremation and burials - in at least one case, burning bodies in a parking lot, Reuters reports.
The number of cases surged by 349,691 in the past 24 hours, the fourth straight day of record peaks.
Johnson said India is a "friend and partner" facing "a deeply concerning time in the fight against COVID-19".
The drama is in direct contrast with government claims that "nobody in the country was left without oxygen", in a statement made Saturday by India's Solicitor General Tushar Mehta before Delhi High Court. But the crisis in the country of almost 1.4 billion people was only deepening as overburdened hospitals shut admissions and ran out of beds and oxygen supplies.
Hospitals and doctors have put out urgent notices saying they are unable to cope with the rush of patients.
The government is also issuing orders to convert tankers that transport argon and nitrogen into ones for oxygen.
The UK government said its Department of Health and Social Care has worked closely with the National Health Service (NHS), as well as suppliers and manufacturers in the UK, to identify reserve medical equipment from surplus stocks that can be transported to India. We are gasping for oxygen.
Deaths and desperation in India’s capital as COVID cases rise
In the last 11 days, the daily count of cases has nearly doubled from 1.31 lakh reported on April 9 to 2.73 lakh on April 20. A number of the patients are critical and on ventilator support and ICU, it stated.
When asked about this matter, Air India spokesperson said the airline is prepared to shoulder the responsibility of carrying oxygen concentrators or any consignment into India.
Several industrial players are also redirecting oxygen production toward aiding the shortage.
The increasing desperation in India comes after the Australian Government announced a reduction in the number of flights to Australia from India.
The government has been scrambling to resupply hospitals with medical oxygen.
China said that it is in discussion in helping India control its surge in cases.
The stories are told on social media and in television footage, showing desperate relatives pleading for oxygen outside hospitals or weeping in the street for loved ones who died waiting for treatment.
Multiple funeral pyres of Covid-19 victims in New Delhi, India. The lockdown was imposed in Delhi after the health resources in Delhi reached a breaking point due to sudden spike in coronavirus COVID-19 cases.
It quoted unidentified officials as saying "low pressure oxygen" could be the cause of their deaths.
But the Defence Ministry is set to fly 23 mobile oxygen generating plants within a week from Germany to be deployed at army-run hospitals catering to COVID patients.
He said an oxygen tanker had just entered the hospital complex and he hoped it would temporarily relieve the depleted supplies. "We are running out", Dr Sudhanshu Bankata, executive director of Batra Hospital, a leading hospital in the capital, told local media.