In yet another tragic incident, atleast 24 patients, including some Covid-19 positive, died at a hospital in Karnataka allegedly due to the shortage of oxygen in the past 24 hours. As the mourning kin of the deceased gathered at the Chamarajanagar district hospital after hearing the tragedy, a pall of gloom descended.
Chamarajanagar district in-charge minister S Suresh Kumar, who is also the Primary and Secondary Education Minister, said he had ordered a death audit report from the district administration into the incident. He, however, maintained that all the deaths did not occur due to oxygen shortage.
"It's not appropriate to say that all 24 deaths happened due to oxygen shortage. These deaths had happened from Sunday morning to this morning. The oxygen shortage happened in the wee hours of Monday – from 12.30 am to 2.30 am," Kumar told reporters here.
Karnataka's COVID-19 tally crossed the 16 lakh mark on Sunday following 37,733 fresh infections while 217 more deaths took the toll to 16,011, the health department said. According to a health bulletin, the state's COVID tally stood at 16,01,865 whereas there are 4,21,436 active cases. As many as 11,64,398 people were discharged cumulatively including 21,149 on Sunday in the state.