At least eight COVID-19 patients in India reportedly died at a hospital after it took too long to change their oxygen — underscoring the devastating impact the catastrophic surge is having on the country.
The patients on ventilator support were left struggling to breathe as staffers changed out the oxygen tanks Monday at the Ruia government hospital in Tirupati, the New Indian Express reported.
The hospital said there was only a five-minute delay before a new reserve of oxygen arrived, but the slight disruption resulted in the deaths of the eight COVID-19 patients.
“This happened in a span of five minutes. The oxygen tanker arrived and the situation was quickly brought under control,” a local official told the outlet.
Footage showed family members arguing with staff, while others mourned their loved ones.
Three other patients who were not being treated for the virus also died, the outlet reported.
Oxygen supply shortages have been reported at several hospitals as the country has become inundated with an explosion in COVID-19 cases.
The seven-day average of new infections reached a record high of 390,995 on Tuesday, according to health officials.
With Post wires
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