63 die of oxygen shortage in Indonesia
Published: 12:29 PM, 5 July 2021 Updated: 06:33 PM, 5 July 2021
63 Covid-19 patients have died in a hospital in Indonesia due to an oxygen shortage. The incident took place at a government hospital in the town of Yogyakarta on the island of Java.
According to ABC News, the central system of liquid oxygen supply to the unit of Covid-19 patients undergoing treatment at Dr. Sardjito General Hospital Yogyakarta suddenly stopped on Saturday.
The hospital immediately reported the deaths of 33 Covid-19 patients, however, the Voice of America (VOA) on Sunday reported the death toll from the oxygen crisis to 63.
It is learned that the hospital staff tried to replace the oxygen cylinder to alleviate the oxygen crisis. However, they failed to save the lives of 63 patients.
In a statement, the hospital’s director, Rukmono Siswishanto, said the hospital was trying to replace some of the 100 oxygen cylinders given by the Yogyakarta regional police. But in the end, it was too late.
In recent times, Covid-19 cases have increased throughout Indonesia, including the city of Yogyakarta. As a result, the authorities are being forced to set up ICUs (intensive care units) and quarantine centers in hospitals on an emergency basis.
According to the statistics-based website Worldometer, a total of 2,284,084 people were detected with Covid-19 and 60,582 people died till Monday morning.