"No Deaths due to Lack of Oxygen" says Centre: Opposition Outraged

Updated: Jul 22, 2021

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The Ministry of Health had informed the Upper House of the Parliament that the States and the Union Territories have reported no cases of deaths caused by the lack of oxygen during the Second Wave of the Covid-19 pandemic. This statement has drawn a large wave of criticism from the Opposition parties. The Indian National Congress has tweeted from its official Twitter account, stating that the Government can lie about the data and manipulate the facts, but that cannot take away the pain of the people.

A Shiv Sena MP has asked people who have lost family members because of oxygen shortage to take the Union government to court, while Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain has made a remark that the Central Government shall soon claim that there is no Covid-19 at all. Mallikarjun Kharge, Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha, has mentioned that the people of the country had trusted the Prime Minister and lit candles and clanged utensils when he asked them to, but now that the Prime Minister has failed to fulfill his promises, he is making the new Health Minister the scapegoat.

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On Tuesday, the Opposition parties had asked the Central Government to reveal the correct figures of deaths in the Second wave of Covid-19 in India, in the Rajya Sabha, when the Minister of State for Health, Bharati Pravin Pawar, stated that health is a state subject, and the states have not specifically reported any deaths caused by the lack of oxygen.

The country had witnessed a massive surge in the demand for oxygen, and a great shortage of it, during the second wave of Covid-19. Just a single hospital in Delhi witnessed twenty-one deaths due to a shortage of oxygen, while Goa saw above eighty deaths within a week during May. Hundreds of deaths have been witnessed across states and union territories in the second wave of the Pandemic, which peaked during the months of April-May.

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