11 patients die in Andhra hospital after delay in oxygen supply

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Tirupati: Eleven Covid patients who were in the ICU died at a hospital in Andhra Pradesh’s Tirupati after the supply of medical oxygen was disrupted.

Disturbing visuals captured the chaos inside the wards at Ruia Hospital as medical staff tried to save lives.

Eleven Covid-19 patients in the ICU of Sri Venkateswara Ramnarain Ruia Government General Hospital at Tirupati, the largest in the Rayalaseema region of Andhra Pradesh, died due to lack of oxygen after a tanker with the gas got late by minutes.

District Collector M Hari Narayana said while the 11 people who were on oxygen support died, they were able to save several others. Nearly 1,000 Covid patients are being treated at the hospital, from Tirupati, Chittoor, Nellore and Kadapa.

Chief Minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy expressed grief over the incident.

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