Several dead as Delhi's Batra Hospital runs out of oxygen; others including Fortis say supply down to mere hours

As the COVID-19 pandemic rages, hospitals in Delhi continue to face an oxygen crisis. On Saturday morning, several hospitals sounded the alarm over dwindling supplies, even as others reported deaths purportedly due to the dwindling supplies.

According to reports, oxygen supply ran out at Delhi's Batra Hospital at around 12.45 pm. However, the hospital only received supplies over an hour later. Several individuals including one doctor reportedly died in the hospital during this time.

As the Delhi High Court resumed a hearing on the shortage of oxygen supply, beds, and medicines in the city's hospital's Batra Hospital elaborated on the situation. "We are in SOS since 6am today morning, we have 307 patients admitted, out of whom 230 are on oxygen support," officials told the court.

Earlier in the day, Delhi's Aakash Hospital has reportedly flagged an acute shortage, contending that their existing supplies would only last till 2 pm.

Fortis Hospital in the Vasant Kunj area stated that more than a hundred lives were at stake. Speaking to CNN-News18, hospital authorities said that while they had more than a hundred critical patients on oxygen support, they had now been left with six hours of liquid medical oxygen backup. "Our supplier is INOX, but we are unable to sustain with such low supply. We are seeking urgent help from the concerned authorities to avoid the disaster,” the publication quoted them as saying.

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