An unverified video claiming several COVID-19 patients died as a result of a mock exercise in Agra has gone viral.
According to the video in which the director of an Agra-based private nursing home can be heard speaking, the COVID-19 patients died after their oxygen supplies were stopped as a part of the mock exercise.
“I decided to conduct an experiment/mock drill as we were facing an acute shortage of oxygen as people were not ready to discharge their patients despite multiple requests. At 7 AM on April 26, we snapped the oxygen supply for five minutes. Soon, 22 patients’ bodies turned blue and they started gasping for breath so we came to know that they won’t survive in case there is no oxygen. Then, we ask family members of the remaining 74 patients to arrange their oxygen cylinders,” Arinjay Jain, owner of Paras Hospital on NH 2, can be heard saying in the viral video.
Reacting to the claims made in the video, Agra District Magistrate PN Singh and CMO RC Pandey on June 8, 2021, said that action would be taken based on the report after an inquiry into the matter.