At least 24 COVID-19 patients in western India have died after the oxygen supply to their ventilators ran out, amid a nationwide shortage of the gas and a surge in infections.
- People with empty oxygen cylinders crowded refilling facilities
- In one incident, people tried to loot an oxygen tanker
- India has so far administered nearly 130 million doses of vaccine
Maharashtra State Health Minister Rajesh Tope confirmed the deaths at a hospital in Nashik city and said the hospital’s oxygen supply ran out because a tanker refilling it suffered a leak. Oxygen was running scarce throughout the country.
“The leakage was spotted at the tank supplying oxygen for these patients,” Mr Tope said.
“The interrupted supply could be linked to the…