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As COVID-19 escalates, Flipkart and 1MG increase demand for oximeter kits

In metros, sales of oximeters and test kits increased by over 4.4x and 12x, respectively.

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Following a sudden spike in the number of infections in the country, e-commerce companies like Flipkart and 1MG have seen a significant increase in demand for COVID-19 essentials like oximeters and test kits.

“In metros, the sale of oximeters and test kits increased by over 4.4x and 12x,” a Flipkart spokesperson said, without specifying the number of items sold.

oximeter kits
oximeter kits

The sale of testing kits increased five-fold in the first week of January compared to the last week of December, according to 1MG, which was recently acquired by Tata Digital. During the time period under consideration, sales of oximeters increased fourfold, while sales of thermometers and respiratory masks doubled.

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Immunity boosters and vitamin supplements also saw a significant increase, according to the company. “They’re growing at a 50% clip week after week. In the last few weeks, our overall sales have increased by around 40-50 percent “Tata 1mg’s Head of ePharmacy, Prateek Verma, stated.

“We are able to fulfil the majority of orders because we have built up capacity in advance. We now have a lot more labs and pharma capacity than we did during the previous wave, which we hope will help “Added he.

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Mylab Discovery Solutions, which makes the CoviSelf self-testing kit, said that Maharashtra, West Bengal, Tamil Nadu, Delhi, Kerala, Karnataka, and Andhra Pradesh are the top states where their kits are in high demand. According to Hasmukh Rawal, MD and Co-founder, the company’s self-test kit, CoviSelf, has seen a 500 percent increase in sales in the last week. CoviSelf, according to the company, can detect major coronavirus variants, including Omicron.

While the companies did not disclose the number of units sold in each category, Rajiv Singhal, General Secretary of the All India Organisation of Chemists and Druggists (AIOCD), told Moneycontrol that Piramal, which sells self-testing kits, sold 4 lakh kits in the first nine days of January across the country.

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“Of course, this is due to the wait for testing slots from labs, but we also believe people are buying and keeping a few kits just in case,” he said, adding that Piramal sold 1.39 lakh self-testing kits in December.

Not only have testing kits and oximeters been in high demand, but grocery orders have also increased as a result of the Omicron scare.

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“Overall, grocery demand increased by 1.6x during the same time period,” a Flipkart spokesperson said, without providing specific figures.

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