NEW DELHI: The Centre on Tuesday asked states to submit data on deaths related to oxygen shortage during second Covid-19 wave.
The data will be submitted in the Parliament, news agency ANI reported quoting sources.
This comes days after the government told Parliament that there were no deaths due to lack of oxygen specifically reported by states and UTs during the second wave of Covid-19.
The response drew strong reactions, particularly on social media, given the crisis of medical oxygen during the second wave.
However, health minister Mansukh Mandaviya said that the data was based on reports from the states and UTs. He also said, during a discussion on the pandemic in the Rajya Sabha, that the states had been urged to report all cases and deaths.
"Detailed guidelines for reporting of deaths have been issued by the Union health ministry to all states/UTs. Accordingly, all states/UTs report cases and deaths to the Union health ministry on a regular basis. However, no deaths due to lack of oxygen have been specifically reported by states/UTs," Bharti Pravin Paawar, junior minister for health told the Rajya Sabha.