Tirupati: At least 11 COVID-29 patients allegedly died and the condition of five others was said to be critical due to oxygen shortage at Tirupati’s SVR Ruia Government Hospital. The incident took place around 8-8:30 PM last night. Also Read - Will Bihar Impose Full Lockdown Again? Here's What CM Nitish Kumar Has to Say

“An oxygen tanker coming to the hospital from Chennai in Tamil Nadu was delayed, due to which 11 patients who were on ventilator support lost their lives. This happened in a span of five minutes. The oxygen tanker arrived and the situation was quickly brought under control,” Chittoor District Collector M Hari Narayanan told reporters. Also Read - Karnataka Unlock Begins From June 14 in Graded Manner, Night Curfew to Continue | Full List of Guidelines Here

Furthermore, he asserted that about 30 doctors were immediately rushed into the ICU to attend to the patients. “In all, about 700 Covid-19 patients were undergoing treatment in the ICU and oxygen beds in Ruia while another 300 were in normal wards”, Narayanan stated, adding there was no scarcity of oxygen in the hospital and adequate supply was in place. Also Read - IND vs SL 2021: Shikhar Dhawan-Led Team India to Undergo 14-Day Quarantine in Mumbai, Will Play Three Intra-Squad Games in Sri Lanka

CM Orders Probe

Meanwhile, Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy expressed grief over the incident. He spoke to the district collector and directed that a detailed investigation be conducted into the incident. Jagan directed the officials to ensure that such incidents did not recur

Oxygen Crisis in India

This comes amid an oxygen shortage crisis in hospitals of cities across India that have been hit badly by the second wave of coronavirus.

Earlier this month, 23 COVID patients lost their lives at Chamarajanagar District Hospital in Karnataka due to a shortage of oxygen. On April 24, 20 corona patients in Delhi’s Jaipur Golden Hospital died following the oxygen crisis.