Delhi's hospitals send out SOS over shortage of medical oxygen
The Delhi government on Saturday decided to extend the ongoing lockdown by another week in the wake of the prevailing Covid-19 situation in the city.
Announcing the decision, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal tweeted, "Lockdown in Delhi is being extended by one week."
The lockdown in Delhi will now continue till 5am on May 10 and restrictions/relaxations that were announced in the previous order will continue.
As per the order, during lockdown, essential services like medicine shops, vegetable shops, groceries etc. will be allowed, but shop owners and customers will have to ensure social distancing.
For over a fortnight, Delhi has seen a rapid rise in its Covid-19 cases, resulting in an acute shortage of hospital beds. Deaths too have mounted and the city's crematorium are crammed. For days, hospitals have been complaining of shortage of oxygen to treat patients.
On Saturday, 12 Covid-19 patients, including a doctor, died at Delhi's Batra Hospital due to shortage of medical oxygen.
"We are trying to resuscitate five other critical patients," said SC Gupta, medical director of the hospital.