Family members of the COVID-19 sufferers stand in a queue to refill the oxygen cylinders amid the rise in coronavirus circumstances, in New Delhi (ANI)
NEW DELHI: The Delhi High Court on Saturday got here down onerous on the Centre over oxygen shortage in Delhi, as town grapples with a surge in Covid circumstances.
The Centre should provide the 490 metric tonnes of oxygen it has allotted for Delhi in the present day itself, or face contempt, the courtroom mentioned.
“Water has gone above the head. Now we mean business. You (Centre) will arrange everything now,” it mentioned.
The nationwide capital is seeing an enormous surge in Covid circumstances and the quantity of sufferers requiring hospital therapy, resulting in an acute scarcity of oxygen.
On Saturday itself, eight sufferers died at Delhi’s Batra Hospital after it ran out of oxygen. The useless included a health care provider serving on the hospital.
“Enough is enough,” the courtroom mentioned, taking observe of the incident at Batra Hospital.
It questioned the Centre about why 4 oxygen tankers, meant for Delhi, haven’t but been launched by Rajasthan authorities regardless of orders.
In a terse indictment of the Centre, the courtroom mentioned, “Do you mean we will shut our eyes to people dying in Delhi?”
Hospitals throughout the nationwide capital had despatched out SOS messages final week about depleting provides of oxygen.
The Delhi authorities has maintained that town is not getting its allotted amount of the life-saving fuel.
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