New Delhi: The Delhi government has formed a four-member expert committee to look into the deaths due to the shortage of oxygen during the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic and is awaiting the lieutenant governor’s approval, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said on Friday.
During the second wave of coronavirus, there was an oxygen crisis and there were reports that the oxygen shortage led to deaths at some hospitals, Sisodia said in an online briefing.
“We heard about cases, where people lost their lives due to shortage of Oxygen. We took the issue seriously and took a decision to form a four-member committee to look into the matter. It is a committee comprising medical experts. We have sent the file for the L-G’s approval,” he said.
“This committee will meet twice a week and will look into each case and decide whether the death happened due to the shortage of the life-saving gas. As soon as the L-G approves the file, this committee will start functioning,” he said.
The government has also announced that it will give a compensation of Rs 5 lakh to the families of those victims who succumbed due to the shortage of oxygen.
Delhi reported 487 new cases in the last 24 hours. The capital recorded 1,058 discharges, while 45 deaths were reported on Friday (June 6). On the vaccination front, Delhi has so far inoculated 54,98,429 people, out of which 42,49,118 have received their first dose, while 12,49,311 people have got their second dose so far.
(With inputs from PTI)