The Supreme Court on Thursday asked Centre to supple 700MT oxygen to Delhi everyday amid shortage of the live-saving gas in the national capital, according to news agency ANI.  

Earlier, the Centre told the apex court that a ‘significant stock’ of oxygen was available in Delhi hospitals currently. Delhi is one of the states worst-hit by the second wave of COVID-19, reporting average 20,000 cases everyday.

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A bench of Justices DY Chandrachud and MR Shah was hearing a plea regarding the shortage of oxygen in Delhi hospitals. 

Justice Chandrachud said, “You (Centre) need to look at the issue of oxygen supply on a pan-India basis. There is a need to look at oxygen audit and also reassess the basis for oxygen reallocation.”

The SC had earlier stayed contempt proceedings initiated by Delhi High Court against central government officials for non-compliance of direction.

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The country is battling deadliest second wave of coronavirus, reporting over 3 lakh new cases everyday. There is also shortage of oxygen in many states. Over 30 people have lost their lives due to the shortage of the life-saving gas in Delhi. Similar incidents were reported from several other states, including Karnataka and Uttarakhand.