At least 24 patients have died at the District Hospital in Chamarajanagar in Karnataka due to shortage of oxygen, officials said.
“The deaths were reported after there was a fall in oxygen supply between 12 am to 2 am,” an official said.
At least 144 patients are being treated at the hospital, he added.
Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa has directed district officials to inquire into the incident.
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, in a tweet, hit out at the government over its handling of the crisis.
Died or Killed?
My heartfelt condolences to their families.
How much more suffering before the ‘system’ wakes up? pic.twitter.com/JrfZbIo7zm
– Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) May 3, 2021
The district has recorded a total of 11,928 cases of COVID-19 infection since the beginning of the pandemic. At least 167 people have died due to the virus until yesterday.