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Serious oxygen crisis persists in Delhi: Kejriwal

Medical oxygen. Stock photo: Michael Schwarzenberger/Pixabay

New Delhi, Apr 20 (MNN) Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday again flagged what he said was persisting “serious crisis” regarding the availability of medical oxygen for coronavirus patients and urged the Centre for help. His deputy warned that in case oxygen supply was not ensure by Wednesday morning, all hell would break loose.

“Serious oxygen crisis persists in Delhi. I again urge the Centre to urgently provide oxygen to Delhi. Some hospitals are left with just a few hours of oxygen,” he tweeted.

His deputy Manish Sisodia tweeted that majority of hospitals in Delhi had oxygen to last eight to 12 hours only.

“We have been demanding for a week to increase the oxygen supply quota to Delhi, which has to be done by the central government. All hell will break loose if hospitals in Delhi did not get adequate supply of oxygen by Wednesday morning,” he warned in a tweet in Hindi.

Earlier, he tweeted on his handle @msisodia: “SOS phone calls are coming from all hospitals regarding oxygen. The suppliers are being held back in different states.”

“There should not be any rule of jungle between states on the oxygen supply. The Centre has to be quite sensitive and active in this regard,” he added.

Kejriwal said that he had held a review meeting with officials concerned and were working on a war footing to ensure oxygen supply and also holding talks with the Union government. “The work to increase the oxygen beds was also going on at a large scale,” the Chief Minister said in a tweet.

Meanwhile, Sisodia informed that the gurdwara elections in Delhi slated to be held on April 25 had been postponed due to the coronavirus situation and the ongoing six-day lockdown.

“The Chief Minister has sent a proposal to the Lt Governor in this regard,” he said while tagging the letter sent to Anil Baijal.

The letter pointed out that in line with the Delhi High Court order issued in March, the state government could hold the gurdwara elections by May 13.

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