Family members of the COVID-19 sufferers stand in a queue to refill the oxygen cylinders amid the rise in coronavirus instances, in New Delhi (ANI)
NEW DELHI: The Delhi High Court on Saturday got here down exhausting on the Centre over oxygen shortage in Delhi, as town grapples with a surge in Covid instances.
The Centre should provide the 490 metric tonnes of oxygen it has allotted for Delhi right this moment 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 instances and the quantity of sufferers requiring hospital remedy, 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 lifeless included a physician serving on the hospital.
“Enough is enough,” the courtroom mentioned, taking notice 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 gasoline.
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