At least 22 patients allegedly died in a ‘mock oxygen drill’ performed by a doctor in Agra Hospital. The viral video shows a man briefing about the incident.
The man snapped the oxygen supply of COVID patients for 5 mins. 22 of them died gasping for oxygen while three died. He said he was doing an experiment. “They turned blue in 5 minutes,” the man can be heard saying in the video.
The authorities have ordered probe after the video went viral; however, the incident took place in April.
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According to Hindustan Times, the man in the video is Arinjay Jain, owner of Paras Hospital. The man said that the hospital feared oxygen shortage and decided to conduct a mock drill to check who all were critical.
Former Congress chief Rahul Gandhi demanded strict action against those responsible for the reported death due to a shortage of oxygen. “There is an acute shortage of oxygen and humanity in BJP rule. There should be strict action against those responsible for this heinous crime. My condolences are with the family members of the deceased in this hour of grief,” Gandhi said in a tweet.
Free vaccines, food to cost India an additional $11b
India will need to spend an additional 800 billion rupees ($11 billion) to provide free vaccine and food to millions of people devastated by a deadly wave of coronavirus infections, Bloomberg News said on Tuesday.
The government of the world’s second-most populous nation will earmark an additional 700 billion rupees to provide food until November to the poor and other eligible groups, it said, citing people familiar with the matter.
The government may not have to tap the bond market for the funds, the sources said, citing a dividend of 991.2 billion rupees it received from the central bank and inflows expected from asset sales.
India will provide free vaccines to all adults, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Monday after markets closed, in a bid to rein in a pandemic that has killed hundreds of thousands.