COVID-19 Patients Die in India due to Disrupted Supply of Oxygen

At least 22 COVID-19 patients died in a hospital in the Maharashtra state in western India due to the disruption of oxygen supply following a leakage from an oxygen storage plant, officials and local media said on Wednesday.

According to Nasik Municipal Corporation Commissioner Kailash Jadhav, there were about 171 patients present at the Zakir Hussain Hospital in Nashik during the time of the incident.

“The oxygen supply was stopped for half an hour due to the leak, because of which those on the ventilator lost their lives,” Jadhav said in a statement.

The leakage from an oxygen storage plant came amid the escalating shortage of oxygen in many hospitals and states in India, said district collector Suraj Mandhare.

“As per the current information, 22 people have died due to the interrupted supply of oxygen at the Zakir Hussain municipal hospital. The patients were on ventilators as well as on oxygen supply, which got interrupted after the leakage in the oxygen supply tank,” Mandhare said in a press release on Wednesday.

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