Examine Oxygen Availability In Other States, Delhi High Court Asks Centre

Examine Oxygen Availability In Other States, Delhi High Court Asks Centre

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Delhi High Court Monday expressed concern over the rise in COVID-19 cases (File)

The Delhi High Court Monday expressed concern over the rise in COVID-19 cases and asked the Centre to examine the availability of oxygen in different states for diverting it to areas of surge and said "it is evident that the healthcare infrastructure is at the stage of imminent collapse".

Taking stock of the current pandemic situation, the high court asked the Central government to look into the aspect of shortage of oxygen supply in Delhi hospitals on an urgent basis.

A bench of Justices Vipin Sanghi and Rekha Palli directed the Centre and Delhi government to file affidavits by Tuesday disclosing hospital-wise availability of beds for COVID-19 patients here.

It said both the governments in their affidavits shall also give details as to how many hospital beds are with or without ventilators and oxygen support.

"Central government shall examine the availability of oxygen in different states and its need for treatment of COVID-19 patients so that oxygen can be diverted to areas where there is a surge in cases and where it is most required," the bench said.

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