TOP COURT ORDERS INDIA’S GOVERNMENT TO PRESENT OXYGEN PLAN
India’s government, facing calls for a strict lockdown to slow a devastating surge in coronavirus infections, was ordered by the Supreme Court today to submit a plan to meet New Delhi hospitals oxygen needs within a day.
The court decided against immediately punishing officials for failing to end a two-week-old erratic supply of oxygen to overstretched hospitals.
Ultimately putting officers in jail or hauling officers for contempt will not bring oxygen.
The court stayed a contempt notice earlier issued to the government by the New Delhi High Court for defying its order to supply adequate oxygen to more than 40 New Delhi hospitals. The government officials found guilty could have faced six months in prison and a fine.
With 382,315 new confirmed cases on today India’s tally has risen to more than 20.6 million since the pandemic began.
The Health Ministry also reported 3,780 deaths in the last 24 hours, bringing the total to 226,188.